Added Feb 13, 2010
My daughters came home last Wednesday and handed me a circular letter from the school informing me of the Chinese New Year celebrations that was going to be held at the school this coming Friday. The children were required to come in traditional costume, but since I don’t know where to easily buy the outfits from, I decided to raid my fabric stash, bought some tulle from Chinatown and made them myself.
The Kimona and Patadyong is a traditional Filipino clothing women wore during harvest time in the fields. It is one of the most popular traditional Filipina clothing, second only to the Baro at Saya, which is the National Costume. The blouse is traditionally made out of Pina Jusi (Pineapple fibre) and is embroidered with flowers and trimmed at the edges with lace or more embroidery. The skirt or Patadyong is usually made of any kind of cotton fabric usually with flowery or checked prints and sewn with no elastic at the waist. It’s basically a rectangular piece of fabric, sewn together at one seam and wrapped around the waist. It is paired with a scarf or another rectangular piece of fabric for wiping the sweat off the brows of Filipina farm workers.
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