Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Inspiration #56: The Barong

Does your cultural heritage have distinct wedding attire? The most well known are probably the Chinese red dress or the Korean hanbok for brides, but what about for the groom?

{Photo by Gene Higa Photography, Destination Photography based in San Francisco}

I am incorporating my Filipino cultural heritage into our wedding byway of the dinner menu (e.g. lechon, or whole roasted pig), but I did briefly consider having Guitar Fred wear the traditional Filipino wedding attire, the barong. The barong is a lightweight, transparent embroidered formal garment worn untucked (similar to a coat/dress shirt), over an undershirt. It's made just right for the high humidity and heat of the Philippines!

According to Wikipedia, there are 3 different fabrics:
  • Piña fabric - is hand-loomed from pineapple leaf fibers. And because Piña weavers in the Philippines are dwindling, its scarcity makes the delicate Piña cloth expensive and is thus used for very formal events.
  • Jusi fabric - is mechanically woven and was once made from abacca or banana silk. Today, China is the main source of polyester Jusi.
  • Banana fabric - is another sheer fabric used in formal occasions. Made and hand woven from banana fiber, it usually comes with geometric design details.
Here are two images of the barong from Gene Higa (who also happened to cover my sister's and a friend's weddings):

Also, check out this rockin' barong tagalog in gray, as photographed by Misha Media:

6 love notes:

Cupcake Wedding said...

This is very cool. I am Cuban and wanted a pig roast, but worried the pig's face would freak out my anglo guests so settled for tapas instead. Still, cultural weddings are so much. Yours sounds like it will be a blast.

PartyPlannerGal said...

Incorporating your culture through food is a great idea! We will be serving both Lebanese and Indian food to represent our cultures. We are also going to have a traditional Hindu ceremony, complete with a mandap and a fire!

Bicoastal Bride said...

The barong looks so classy. And I agree, your menu sounds fabulous!

The Budget Bride said...

Yay for the barong! You gotta love em! My fiance isn't Filipino, but I think he considered wearing a barong. He decided to go with the traditional suit. But we're incorporating my Filipino heritage in other ways -- such as the veil, cord and coins during our Catholic ceremony. But my Dad will no doubt rock his barong as he walks me down the aisle!

Anonymous said...

This post made me happy! I am half Filipino and I am getting married in the Philippines in August. My fiance is white but he will be wearing a barong proudly! :-)

Angie said...

YES!!! I found you! I'm half-Filipino and am having some Barong trouble. Do you think it will look odd to have the groom wearing a formal Barong if I'm in something more casual?

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