The Barong Tagalog: A Classic Filipino Tradition
The barong tagalog is a staple in Filipino weddings. It’s the perfect wedding attire for grooms who want to add a touch of Filipino tradition and culture to their nuptials. What exactly is a barong tagalog? Read on to find out more about this traditional Filipino costume.
The Barong Tagalog
Barong tagalogs come in a number of different fabrics. The following are some of the most popular barong fabrics available.
Banana fabric: Banana fabric is a type of sheer textile that is mostly worn for formal events. These fabrics are hand-woven from choice banana fibers. Another characteristic of the banana fabric is its intricate geometric patterns and detailing.
Jusi Fabric: Jusi fabrics are mechanically woven, and were once made from either banana silk or abaca. Today, the jusi fabric is woven with the use of imported silk organza.
Piña-Jusi fabric: The piña-jusi fabric is the latest barong fabric to hit the market. It has the perfect blend of strength and sheerness with its combination of jusi and pineapple fibers.
Historical and Cultural Significance of the Barong Tagalog
Arguments against this historical theory state that the reason behind the thin and sheer fabric had more to do with the weather than concealed weaponry. With the country’s humidity, it was impractical for people to wear thick coats and heavy fabrics.
The barong tagalog became the country’s standard men’s formal wear after being popularized by barong-clad President, Ramon Magsaysay. Magsaysay wore the barong tagalog to most of his personal and official affairs, even his presidential inauguration.
Years later, in the year 1975, President Ferdinand Marcos issued a decree that made the barong tagalog the country’s official national costume.
Barong Tagalog Styles
Another important factor you have to consider includes your choice of design and detailing. Most barong tagalogs today come with detailed embroidery and decorations. Find an embroidery pattern that works well with your entire outfit.
A simple barong can look extremely elegant, but without the right accessories, you can end up looking overly boring. An over-decorated barong, on the other hand, can seem overwhelming at times. We suggest you look for the happy medium.
Want to see more Barong tagalog designs? Just watch the video below.
Find the right barong to complete your traditional Filipino wedding.