The Barong Tagalog by Shai

Centuries of Spanish colonial period refined the distinct artistry of the Barong Tagalog, the Philippine National Costume for men. When the Spanish ruling dictated a demarcation against the lowly Indio, Filipinos were made to wear their shirts not tucked under the waistbands. To add to that, Barongs were fashioned out of sheer fabric and with …

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The Imelda Terno

Inspired by the glamour of a glittering former first lady, this terno is an embodiment of how she moved the dark & powerful decade of Philippine History with her style. Imelda Marcos popularized the Philippine national costume with butterfly sleeves and stylized column serpentina skirts. Each public appearance was a work of art. She was …

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The Traje De Mestiza Terno

At the turn of the century with the Spanish and Spanish American war, Filipinos asserted themselves through crystallizing their identity with costume. Through the four hundred years of colonization, Filipinas wore plain wrap-around skirts (saya) fashioned out of opaque plaid or striped cotton and sinamay varieties, while the baro (blouse) was fashioned out of sheer …

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The Maria Clara Terno

Maria Clara is the heroine of love and beauty in Rizal’s novels. She shines as Crisostomo Ibarra’s muse and as an affluent Binondo debutant , also the illegitimate daughter of an evil Spanish friar Padre Damaso. The ultimate Dalagang Filipina, Maria Clara inspires all the generations of women with her child-like innocence and strength of …

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The Donya Victorina Terno

Doña Victorina was a fictional character in Jose Rizal’s 19th century revolutionary novel, Noli Me Tangere. Married for convenience to a Spaniard, Don Tiburcio de Espadaña, she was depicted to be a Kastilain wannabe, influential and snobbish yet strong in her wiles. The Donya Victorina Terno is a rendition of how colourful her life is, …

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Romancing The Filipiniana Ternos

Casa del Shai introduces The Shai Filipiniana series, a loving tribute to the glorious Filipina ancestors, drawing inspiration from our history and colorful literature. We celebrate our Independence Day every June 12, when the first flag was raised over Taal, and I thought it was a good time to showcase true Filipina flavor. These Ternos …

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