Manila Bulletin blurbed this week as the “Linggo ng Kasuotang Pilipino” (Week of Filipino Costumes) in celebration of our diverse culture and national history as shown through native wear.
I did a little research about our indigenous costumes and found some cool info and trivia that I want to share:
- All Filipino costumes have these in common: (a) colorful; (b) loose-fitting.
- Costumes of the mountain tribe are handwoven, with colorful stripes of designs. A man’s influence in the community is known by the number of stripes on his costume.
- Muslim costumes weave metallic threads into the cloth, and women adorn themselves with jewelry.
- Christian Filipino costumes circa 1900s take on a Spanish influence, but only the Maguinoo or noble class wore multi-colored decorated dresses. The rest wore something similar to Andres Bonifacio’s fashion.
- The Maria Clara is a class in itself.
Here are some pictures of Filipino costumes worn by Christians in the 1900s.
Now I’m not a Barbie fan, but if there were Barbie dolls that I’ll buy, these had to be the Ethnic Filipino Barbie collection.