Tribal Style


Indigenous fabrics get a modern update, taking our ethnic communities’ stories and rich heritage to the forefront of the local and global fashion scene.

For the feature photo, observe the eye-catching prints that go beyond aesthetics, which are the new standard of luxury—labors of love, with every piece telling a story. See the details of ethnicity on the striped ‘malong’ by Filip+Inna x Balay ni Atong and leather wedges with embroidered heels by Linea Etnika, while being complemented with an embroidered tote bag by Zarah Juan.

Life patterns

Patchwork ‘kimono’ coat and jumpsuit with red stitching, both PioPio; blue leather pumps with embroidery, Maco Custodio; mother-of-pearl clutch, Beatriz

A statement design with folkloric forms puts your best style forward, with a distinct look that cannot be matched. No two of these handmade pieces are exactly the same, with imperfections adding to the charm

Haute culture

Beaded dress with herringbone-pattern skirt, Jor-el Espina; woven bag with leather strap, Maco Custodio; embroidered fan, Linea Etnika x Casa Mercedes

Modern interpretations of customary weaves bring out our culture’s beauty and vibrant color even more.

Take a closer look

Cowl neck poncho, Ancestral Crafts; striped skirt, PioPio; herringbone-patterned clutch, Beatriz

It’s all in the details. Lush textures and prints painstakingly created by local weavers are artisanal pieces that transcend trends and the times.

High hopes

Dress with woven and fringe patterns, Filip+Inna; structured woven bag with leather straps and leather slip-ons, both Maco Custodio

Traditional arts get back in the spotlight, paving the way (we hope) for their renewed glory.

Spread their wings

Woven caftan, Ancestral Crafts; beaded slip-ons, Zarah Juan

Tribal fabrics become even more sophisticated with updated shapes and top-notch quality to let you keep up with trends and move with ease.

Threads of hope

Woven coat with sequins, Filip+ Inna; embroidered shorts, Linea Etnika; beaded lace-ups, Maco Custodio; mother-of-pearl clutch, Beatriz

Embroidery is an expression of life and culture. Its unmatched beauty with a purpose should be worn with pride.

In (tribal) technicolor

Embroidered blouse and denim skirt with indigenous pattern, both Filip+Inna; ‘kimono’ jacket, PioPio; beaded slip-ons with pompoms, Zarah Juan

Geometric weaves in robust hues remain relevant in today’s fashion through constant innovation, while preserving their purpose and authenticity.

Fashion revolution

Woven coat with floral appliqués and linen trousers with embroidered side piping, Jor-El Espina; clutch made from sea shells, Beatriz

New nationalism goes beyond wearing national symbols. Supporting local fabrics fused with modern fashion is the new way to wear our flag.

Photographs by Dookie Ducay of New Monarq Creativx
Styling by Luis Espiritu Jr.
Associate stylists: Bang Martinez, Diane Lasam, and Tara Subaldo
Makeup by Ria Aquino, M.A.C Cosmetics Affiliate Artist
Hairstyle by Patty Inojales
Model: Yaofa dela Cruz (Mercator)

This article originally appeared on Asian Dragon Magazine’s February-March 2018 issue, available for download on Magzter.


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