Philippine Costumes and Tradition


Pre-Colonial Period
Early Filipinos used bark or plain woven fabric as material for bahag. The bahag
was wrapped around the waist line.

18th Century
The camisa de chino is a collarless garment with long cuffless sleeves, worn first by Indios who had to labor under tropical heat. The shirt cut evokes its Chinese origins.

19th Century
The barong tagalong has become the national Filipino costume for men, worn for all significant events.

Early Spanish Colonial Period
The tapis was used first by tagalong women who had to wrap a thicker material over skirts made of sheer fabric. It was usually worn with the opening in front, and with colors that contrasted with the skirt.

Circa 17th Century
The baro, a collarless blouse, was influenced by the costume of statues by the Blessed Virgin brought by Spanish missionaries. The saya was adapted from the basic lines of European skirt styles during the 1600s.

Late 19th Century
The Maria Clara, named after Jose Rizal’s heroine in Noli Me Tangere, consists of the bell sleeved camisa, floor-length saya, the panuelo and the tapis, or overskirt.

The Balintawak consisted of a skirt, butterfly sleeves and a low-cut bodice. Filipinas wore the ensemble during visits to the countryside, particularly Antipolo, Rizal, a popular summer destination for Manila residents.

Early 20th Century
The Filipino “terno” evolved from the baro’t saya and the Maria Clara, and pertains to the matching of blouse and skirt, forming a one-piece creation made of a homogeneous material throughout.

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Julius Kay Pacaldo said...

i love watching different costumes.i am also amazed in thier different dances.

Julius Kay Pacaldo said...

it is nice to see different designs of the costumes. it is also nice to look at them watching them in their dances.

Julius Kay Pacaldo said...

i love the filipino Filipinos cane dress to the appropriate dance.

Julius Kay Pacaldo said...

We,Filipinos are proud our own culture.we should be proud to our fellow Filipinos that dances with the costumes.

Julius Kay Pacaldo said...

We,Filipinos are proud our own culture.we should be proud to our fellow Filipinos that dances with the costumes.

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