Barong for Everyone

The Barong Tagalog, a traditional Filipino garment, serves as the national attire for men, commonly worn during formal events. It holds deep cultural significance, symbolizing our cultural identity and pride in heritage. Evolving with the times, the Barong has welcomed inclusivity and modernization. We celebrate its unique ability to unite individuals from diverse backgrounds through Filipino history and tradition, sharing our culture with all. Embracing its influence and evolution, we believe the Barong, with its many iterations, is for everyone.


Craftsmanship behind the Barong

Traditionally crafted with piñasilk, the Barong-making process is a time-consuming labor of love. Once leaves of the pineapple plant are gathered, they are scraped to separate fibers which are then dried and twisted into piñasilk threads, then finally handwoven into finished textiles. Typically, Barongs come in shades such as cream and off-white – the hues of piña fibers – while more modern renditions can be dyed using natural materials, like pigment from leaves, tree barks, or roots. The textiles are hand-embroidered with designs that range from floral patterns and foliage to modern geometric patterns and more. Today, Barongs come in a wider range of fabrics, including abaca, silk cocoon, organza, and ramie linen which are used for different occasions, from formal to corporate wear. These machine-made fabrics grant more accessibility for all who want to wear the Barong, as they are less expensive options than handwoven piñasilk and more durable so you can wear them often and keep them longer. Barongs with minimal or no embroidery are becoming increasingly popular, too, and are designed with different styles, from short-sleeve polos to breezy guayaberas and bowling shirts. These more casual alternatives can be worn on a daily basis and speak to the growing versatility of the Barong.

Barong for Everyone

Kultura continues to value the meticulous craftsmanship behind each garment while embracing how the Barong can express one’s personality and fashion sense, regardless of their background. Whether styled traditionally with slacks for formal occasions or paired with denim for a street-style take, the Barong remains a symbol of cultural pride. Take inspiration from these individuals who have made it their own; whether Gen Z or older, women, expats, and more – the Barong is for everyone. 

Mikyle Quizon
Men’s short sleeve polo barong with pintucks in linen/silk


Bambi Del Rosario Young
Men’s black and white embroidered barong


Fifi Sharma
Women’s floral-embroidered barong with mandarin collar

Addy Raj
Men’s geometric embroidery on blue silk cocoon barong

KC Montero
Men’s Pintados barong, with embroidery inspired by tribal tattoos

Tessie Singson
Embroidered short sleeve Barong

Rex Intal
Short-sleeve piñasilk Barong with a “suksok” pattern

Brian Poe 
Heathered black cocoon Barong with bold white geometric embroidery