Monday, September 26
Saturday, September 24
Saturday, September 17
What makes a fashion Filipino? What sets it apart?
Ja and I browsed through the library and found that there was no definite meaning. Most of the books we found were about Baro’t Saya, Terno and Barong. These are already colonial influences. What is the true meaning of Filipino Fashion?
It dawned to me that Filipino Fashion is something you have to discover for yourself. It depends on each person on what her meaning is. As a Fashion Designer, you have to search inside what is Filipino in you that makes your clothes Filipino too.
Filipino Fashion is the history and identity of a true Filipino interpreted in clothes and accessories. Elements of this fashion dates back from pre-colonial times until the contemporary times.
Pre-colonial elements differs slightly from tribe to tribe. This is because each tribe has their own interpretations for each symbol and color.
- Weave: Ikat, Tinalak, Yakan cloth, etc.
- Cuts: bells sleeves, g-strings, tunic shirts, wraps etc.
- tapis, malongs, sarongs
- Beads, heavy in beading and accessories
- Patterns: Scrolling(plants), Geometric, Anthromorphic(human shapes)
- Animistic symbols
- Letters and figures: Sanskrit from Muslim tribes, Alibata, Devanageri, Austronesian.
- Color combinations
- Stones, gold, brass, copper
Having colonized us for more than three hundred years, they left strong influences imbedded.
- Weave: Jusi, Piña, etc.
- Cuts: Terno, Baro’t Saya, Balntawak, Barong, etc.
- Religious icons
- Lace, panueallas
Chinese. Because of trade, we acquired elements from Chinese traders bringing us goods and influences.
- their meanings: Blue, red and yellow
- Shoes and slippers
- Fans and intricate bags
- Patterns, hand paintings etc.
Western. Brought by American, this is the latest influence that dominates the fashion.
Monday, September 12
Love inbetween, It has passed.
'Tis was not our faults
Our destination's bound to fail
Forces come to shatter us
And Life has turned her blind eye
Yonder lies your fragment.
Shall I burry in the hopes it may sprout?
Nay, my heart's too heavy.
Perhaps soon when I sooth
You shall call me,
"Lady Dreamer, come and burry me
That I may start a new
in a sprout of more dreams bring
A new dawn for my lady of the shade."
Thursday, September 8
Tuesday, September 6
Ang nakakloka part is PHILIEN. After waiting so long, wala palang teacher. Kakaloka!
Saturday, September 3
That's one term to describe it.
Everything is run by useless papers. Something is wrong with the system. The country is chaotic because it starts with the school.
The students have had it! They choose to be passive and indifferent because they have had it. They would be sanctioned if they did something so they choose to swallow the everyday pangs and live until they graduate. Sadly, including me.
It all starts with the school. The students are formed apathetic and as citizens, they become apathetic. This is the plight of the college.
We have a sick reputation. It is soooo everwhere. Now I know why. I'm hating my daily existence in this school. Maybe the other students feel better. But they are not the ones given a classroom that have lockers falling apart. They are not the ones having fiting forms that are fitting-deformed! They are not the ones lacking sewing machines and it barely works!
Yes, that is the plight of the fashion students. We are few and discriminated by the school system. We pay an everage of forty-eight thousand per trimester but we don't get what that's worth. Poor us.
This is our plight. With this, I strive harder that one day I can make a school of my own that will shape citizens different from this school.
It might get yearly repainted. It might look pretty outside but usually, bulok and laman.