Two barongs may look the same but they may also differ in a lot of ways. If you understand the essence of refined clothing, you know by heart that wearing the right one that resonates with you creates an aura of confidence that positively affects you and the people around you. It makes you feel good and proud. And when you feel good and proud and have nothing to worry about how you carry yourself, you give your full attention to the people around you and you go all in whatever you do.
Make no mistake about it. Find out below if the barong you’re buying is the best for you:
The fabric’s aesthetic character is heavily influenced by the fibers and the weave that’s why the luxurious piña that has distinct fibers and weave has become the fabric of choice among the Philippines’ elites. The premium piña-silk is the second most coveted fabric. Abaca is another premium option with thicker fibers. Take note that these fabrics have a yellowish tinge or light champagne gold color. If you want a lighter off-white or white smoke shade, then cocoon and jusi are the options. If you’re after the visual aspects of piña fabric but not willing to spend much money, then cocoon-piña and jusi-piña are the options. Barongs that are made from fabrics such as jusilyn and organza are the cheapest pieces you can find. All the fabric options are sheer that’s why a tailor-made undershirt that’s designed to be worn untucked is recommended for a classic barong to achieve a more refined look. An off-the-rack undershirt creates visible gaps when worn underneath the sheer classic barong making the look inexpensive. For a coat barong which is made with interlining materials, an off-the-rack cotton undershirt is recommended for better comfort.
This is another feature that differentiates one barong from another. The type of yarn that varies in thickness, luster, and color must be considered along with the fabric fiber characteristics and the embroidery method (hand or machine) to create an impeccable piece. Hand embroidery often uses a thicker yarn with a classic vibe. Whereas, machine embroidery often uses thin and lustrous yarn with a modern vibe. A hand-embroidered barong that displays intricate workmanship is definitely more expensive than a machine-embroidered barong. However, not all hand-embroidered barongs are impressive because the embroiderers have varying abilities. Computerized or automatic machine embroidery is another method that’s commonly used in budget barong embellishments.
Cut and Construction
The cut, construction, and finishing details vary widely from supplier to supplier. Sometimes you’ll wonder why a piece costs a certain amount and another piece with a similar material and construction style from a different supplier costs much higher or lower. Is the more expensive barong that much better? Well, it may be, but it may be not. While the price difference can be attributed to the workmanship or the presence or lack of fine details, it can also be attributed to the difference in the overall cost structures of different suppliers. We’ve seen and inspected a lot of barongs from different suppliers and we can tell you that the cut and construction styles vary a lot. Therefore, exercising due diligence in finding the right supplier is really important.