Piña (lit. “Pineapple” in English) is a soft, delicate fabric consistently described by local and foreign textile experts as a product of great beauty and value. Yet, most people do not know how unbelievably long and tedious the centuries-old process is before local weavers could produce even a yard of this exotic fabric produced only in the Philippines.
Harvested from a special Philippine variety of the pineapple plant, the long leaves are meticulously scraped by hand to reveal the inner fibers. These thinner-than-hair strands are soaked, washed, dried and then tied by the ends one by one. Only then is the basic material made available to highly experienced weavers who make use of traditional handlooms.
When this narrow fabric has been woven, it travels by land and sea to another province where another select group of hand embroiderers spin their dexterous hands to create intricate embroideries for which the Philippines very own Barong Tagalog has become world famous.
In all, except for the use of sewing machine to turn this fabric into apparel, everything about the Piña Barong is 100% hand-made in the truest meaning of the word.
More than a piece of clothing, Piña Barong is a work of art.
More than an industry, Piña Barong is a legacy of the Filipinos to the world.
Piña Silk looks as elegant and almost indistinguishable from Pure Piña as both yarns are off-white, superfine, and takes as much delicate and labor-intensive process to make.
Jusi is a special fabric woven from raw silk. Silk is the lustrous and thinner-than-hair protein fiber spun by an insect larva around its cocoon before it finally metamorphoses into a colorful butterfly. Between this stage and the finished fabric is a meticulous process known only to the textile experts.
Hence, certain characteristics of Jusi fabric are inherent to its natural origin and should therefore be prized accordingly. Proper care must be observed so your Jusi Barong may last.
Silk cocoon is a fabric woven from raw silk similar to Jusi fabric but woven differently. Certain characteristics are inherent to its natural origin and should therefore be prized accordingly. Proper care must be observed so your Silk Cocoon Barong may last.
The Organza Cocoon fabric is a modern mechanically woven polyester fabric and is one of the affordable yet elegant fabric options. This sheer and transparent material is made up of silk and polyester blend.
The Faux Silk fabric is an even weave polyester fabric that resembles a real silk or Jusi. Desirable for its silky appearance, softness, ease of care, and amazingly economical cost.
Faux Silk barong is a great option if you are looking for affordable yet elegant apparel for special occasions.
The Faux Piña fabric is an even weave polyester fabric that resembles Piña or Pineapple fabric. Desirable for being lightweight but stiff, with a sheer appearance and a smooth silk-like texture and amazingly economical cost.
Faux Piña barong is a great option if you are looking for affordable yet elegant apparel for special occasions.
The Faux Sinamay Fabric is a woven polyester fabric that resembles a natural straw fabric made from abaca fibers. It has the firm, sturdy look of Sinamay with a more economical price.
Faux Sinamay barong is a great option if you are looking for affordable yet elegant apparel for special occasions.
A silky lustrous linen-like fabric. Ramie or “Gusot-mayaman (rich man’s wrinkle)” is known for its ability to hold shape. Made from the stem of a nettle plant called China grass. It’s extremely absorbent, much more so than cotton, and also breathes well as much like linen, making it especially comfortable for warm and humid summers.
Ramie fabric is easy to care for, increases in strength when wet, and does not shrink or lose its shape. It dries quickly and like linen becomes smoother and more lustrous with repeated washing.
Naturally resistant to bacteria, mold, and mildew, Ramie is often touted as an eco fabric!
Linen is a flax-based textile that is similar to cotton; it is made from fibers derived from the stems of the flax plant instead of the bolls that grow around cotton seeds. Linen is wearable in hot and humid climates. Unlike cotton, which tends to retain moisture for a significant period of time, linen dries quickly, which helps reduce heat retention in overly warm conditions.
Polycotton is a blend of natural cotton fibers and synthetic polyester fibers. It is designed to afford the advantages of both the cotton and polyester fibers into one fabric. A breathable fabric that feels soft yet is longer-lasting and dries faster than cotton alone. It tends to resist wrinkles more than fully natural cotton fibres. You’ll also be pleased to know that polycotton is extremely easy to press!
The polyester fabric is a synthetic man-made fabric. One of the durable fabrics with qualities of easy to dry and being wrinkle-free that makes it easy to iron.
Polyviscose is a semi-natural fibre, it is a mixture of polyester and viscose. It has a similar feeling to wool and is more breathable than other artificial fibres. It also has an anti-allergenic (or hypoallergenic) properties.