The Barong Tagalog

Centuries of Spanish colonial period refined the distinct artistry of the Barong Tagalog, the Philippine National Costume for men. When the Spanish ruling dictated a demarcation against the lowly Indio, Filipinos were made to wear their shirts not tucked under the waistbands. To add to that, Barongs were fashioned out of sheer fabric and with no pockets, appeasing the Spaniards’ fear that Filipinos are not out to attack them with hidden bolos and other weapons. As a result, the people focused their skills into defining their clothing as a symbol of resistance. Each shirt is handcrafted and embroidered with the distinctive piña cloth (fiber from pineapple leaves) or Jusi fabric made from abaca or banana silk. Despite its seeming flimsiness, the Barong Tagalog stood proudly against a revolutionary canvas of freedom uproars and rebellion.

Traditional Barong Tagalog

Casa del Shai offers you the Barong Tagalog in all its glory as it evolved with the modern times. Worn formally in either traditional and mandarin collared styles, the Barong Tagalog’s craftwork is presented in three colours; Antique, Ebony and the more common Ivory. The embroidered shirts come with the Camiso De Chino, a simple long sleeved undershirt similar to the Henley and the ubiquitous black dress pants.

Mandarin Collared Barong Tagalog

Sharing with you more of our Filipino flavor at the Casa del Shai Deco.


22 thoughts on “The Barong Tagalog

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  2. Shai, I bow to you and I hope the success of your Filipino and Filipina heritage collections start a revolution of their own in prompting other designers to so beautifully render their own cultural wear. In my eyes you have set a precedent in quality. I can’t come up with enough positive adjectives to describe these.

    I’m very proud of you, Slugmeister.

  3. Yeah what Cat said + thanks so much for the free one from the drawing! I bought the Luna Suit yesterday and it’s fantasticooooooooooooo. I love it, I’d get married in it, I’d skydive in it, I’d pick up chicks at Bellagio in it. Now I just need a brown watch to go with it. 🙂

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  6. This is my first encounter with the “Second Life” title, while actually searching for a Barong Tagalog skin for The Sims 2. I wonder, do you happen to know of such?

  7. Hi,
    I put a link to your blog from a post I wrote about my wedding. Got married in Davao just two weeks ago and I wore a Barong Tagalog. On my blog I have a few travel letters from our three weeks in the Philippines.

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  9. to this great team!

    My applause to this wonderful vision.
    i have been looking forward to see how our own native marks can be in tune with the modern time and still stand out.
    WOW!!! that’s the word i have for you guys.
    More power
    I hope to see the same adaptation for womens section.


  10. To Sir or Ma’am Shai, because I don’t know who the person is, much less the gender,
    I’ve been depressed about the prom then suddenly, this just appeared. I’m stunned by the quality of the barong that I will wear. This will definitely become a hit. Thanks.

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