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Journey of the Barong Tagalog, Spanish Colonial Philippines Part 17: Striped Colored Barongs

A lot of 19th century art depicting males wearing the Barong Tagalog in the Philippines reflects the enduring style of striped colored barongs. This style was highlighted in art for over a century, through the end of Spanish colonization in 1898, and into the 20th century. This style was in use until about 1920.

These barongs became more elaborate with time, incorporating different colors, stripe sizes and embroidery designs, like small checks and flower patterns.

“Mestizos en trage de fiesta” from Album de Manille et Ses Environs by Jose Honorato Lozano. Likely painted around mid-19th century. The four men wear striped colored barongs.

“Mestizos en trage de fiesta” from Album de Manille et Ses Environs by Jose Honorato Lozano. Likely painted around mid-19th century. The four men wear striped colored barongs. The colored stripe panels on the barongs alternate with translucent panels. There is embroidery all over these barongs.

 

 

 Photo of an unknown native Filipino man from the late 19th century. He wears a striped colored Barong Tagalog

Widely circulated photo of an unknown native Filipino man from the late 19th century. He wears a striped colored Barong Tagalog design very similar to the ones in the painting in the first image above.