Post # 1
My mother thinks she wants to wear a barong dress to my wedding. I’m not exactly sure what that is as I’ve mostly seen men wear barong shirts. She was thinking of taking her measurements and sending them to the Philippines for someone to make her dress there.
The problem I have is that I don’t know what the dress would look like or what the material is like. She is not picky with that kind of stuff and I’m afraid she’d just trust whoever got it for her to pick the style that fits her size.
I want her to look good and would like her to try the dress on here. Anyone know of anywhere with VERY VERY nice/high quality barong dresses? I’m not really familiar with any of that kind of stuff as I’m 100% american raised and not really been exposed to that kind of stuff too much. All I’ve seen is the stuff on line and maybe at one wedding a woman wearing what may be a barong dress. I don’t know of any filipino stores near me except a small filipino grocery story unfortunately.
Post # 3
There’s several types of fabric out there and I have a feeling that the fabric they sell here are the low quality one but over-priced. If you have relatives in the Philippines, they can help you choose the right fabric. Plus, it’ll be reasonably priced.
Type of fabric:
1. Pina fabric – It’s made with pineapple fibers. It’s delicate and the most expensive out of all of the fabrics. This is also hand woven.
2. Jusi (“Husi”) fabric – It’s made out of abbaca or banana silk and this is usually the common material everyone wears. It’s reasonably priced depending how much/little embroidery you want because it’s mechanically-loomed.
3. Banana fabric – It’s made out of banana fibers. I believe it’s almost as expensive as the Pina.
Post # 4
Have you done a google search yet? I’m not too familiar with the dresses myself but I suggest you do a search on the possible designs since there are many styles.
I personally HATE the traditional dresses with the HUGE shoulders but I know a lot of people love how they look so just google is my only advice 🙁 I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful.
Post # 6
Any particular stores in Jersey City? I’m not familiar with that area at all.
Post # 7
I used to live in JC with my Mother-In-Law and there was a a few stores on West Side Ave on the south side of Communipaw Ave but I am sure there are stores on both sides of the street. These are obv mom and pop shops so are unlikely to have websites. I would google the area.
Good luck 🙂
Post # 8