Abel Polo In Tampipi by Benguet Weavers | LIMITED EDITION
Wearing a Barong has long been a cultural norm for Filipinos since Hispanic times. Typically worn in formal gatherings, it is well considered as the Filipino tuxedo. From the original design which was supposed to be worn by the “Indios” in Hispanic times, the Barong has undergone a number of transformations to become the iconic textile that it is today.
From the creative minds and dexterous hands of the Benguet weavers, a new kind of Barong was created. Multiple improvements in the design set this particular Northern barong at a different level compared to its typical counterpart.
First and the most noticeable is the elegantly handwoven and embroidered textile that was intricately placed on the shoulder, top collar, and torso of the formalwear. This unique fashion feature makes this barong stand out from the common designs.
The Blue Chilayuschus pattern signifies royalty and elegance to the Ibaloi tribe, with this particular pattern being worn only by the most prestigious and distinguished people in the tribe- a truly worthy alteration to the traditional barong design.
Secondly, fashion meets comfort and protection. A matching Chilayuschus face mask is paired with the Northern Barong to make it worthy of the new normal. The facemask is handwoven using 100% cotton which is sourced locally and dyed using the traditional method of adding color to special cotton textiles.
Lastly, the fiber used in the main textile of the Northern Barong is handwoven using the fibers of the Kapok (Ceiba pentandra) tree. What makes this fiber stand out from the traditional abaca or pineapple fiber used in typical Barongs is its unique properties when woven as clothing.
Kapok textile is more breathable which keeps the wearer comfortable even with the prolonged wearing of the Northern Barong.
Another property of the Kapok fiber is it is easier to clean- dry cleaning is now a thing of the past with the Northern Barong.
Ultimately, Kapok textile, unlike abaca or pineapple, does not fade and deteriorate with time. Even if it is only used a couple of times in a year, no yellowing of the fabric will occur even if the Northern Barong is stored at room temperature.
- Length: 73 cm
- Width: 51 cm width
- Sleeve: 60 cm sleeve
What’s Included In The Package:
- 1-pc Handwoven Northern Barong
- 1-pc Handwoven Chilayuschus face mask
Hand Wash Only
1. Submerge the barong in a mild detergent solution. Gently agitate the solution with your hand to further distribute soap molecules. Take it up and down several times to let the solution flow through the fabric.
2. If necessary, use a soft brush to gently remove stains and visible dirt particularly on the collar, underneath the cuffs, and armholes.
3. Rinse it well using clean water. Do not squeeze or twist when rinsing.
4. Hang it in a plastic round edge hanger and drip dry.
Best Used For Formal Occasions