This Local Brand Gives Traditional Filipino Clothing a Modern Twist

Shop blazers, jackets, and more in distinctly local patterns and fabrics.

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(SPOT.ph) Oftentimes when you think of Filipino clothing, what comes to mind are traditional styles like the Barong Tagalog and Baro't Saya or indigenous pieces like the intricately woven pieces of the Igorot culture—that is to say, pieces that seem isolated or out-of-place in the modern, metropolitan lifestyle that dominates many parts of our country today. However, local clothing brand Balik Batik is proof that even in contemporary spaces, there's room for traditional Filipino artistry to shine. 

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Balik Batik is a social enterprise that aims to create "clothing items that feature... traditional Filipino artistry and fabrics." They make blazers, jackets, blouses, and more that feature distinctly local patterns, fabrics, and weaving techniques. They partner with local seamstresses and weavers in Cebu in order to create designs and pieces that stay true to traditional techniques and show reverence for the cultures and beliefs behind the age-old methods. The result is elegant fashion finds that have an undeniable Filipino flair, but with a modern twist.

Check out some of the stylish pieces in their lineup:

Piña Bomber Jacket
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Cropped Piña Bomber Jacket
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Landap Blazer
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Langkit Blazer
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Ladies Barong
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Balud Coverup
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Itneg Bomber Jacket
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Itneg Filipiniana Blazer
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Balik Batik is based in Liloan, Cebu. You can order their pieces by sending a message to their Facebook or Instagram pages. Check out their catalog of available items online.

For more information, log on to Balik Batik's Facebook page.

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