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:

Fabric

The fabric’s aesthetic character relies heavily on the fibers and the weave. If you’re after these aspects, the luxurious piña that has distinct fibers and weave and the premium piña-silk are the best options. 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, an off-the-rack cotton undershirt is recommended for better comfort.

Embroideries

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 often 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 per supplier to supplier. Sometimes you’ll wonder why one barong costs a certain amount and another with a similar material and construction 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 vary a lot. Therefore, exercising due diligence in finding the right supplier is really important.