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Kimona - a Philippine traditional clothing

Added Aug 29, 2010

by Bing Sapungan

Dasmarinas, Cavi...






The most recommendable Kimona is about sheer top made out of pineapple fiber. It is worn over a cotton undershirt, ideal for the country’s warm tropical climate. More versions of the Kimona were made by various native sub-groups but, the cut and embellishments retained our traditions…

My version of the Kimona came out rushed, and in time for my self-study sewing. I thought of any sheer peach fabric, which matches my skin tone.

Material Notes

sheer fabric, lace, beads




Garment Type

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    Aug 30, 2010, 05.52 AMby babydol

    So very beautiful! I love the idea, and think that I need to figure out how to do this and make some for over my sleeveless tops! I find myself self conscious in the hot weather lately and this would be a great option to help hide a little bit more and still prehaps feel cooler with the sleeveless top on. :) Thank you for educating me on the Kimona… is there a reason that it is made from pineapple fiber? Is it cooler or just a more common fabric? I really have never heard of this fiber before.

    Thank you again for sharing! I really do think I may have to make a few maybe I can even make myself one for this hot weather here, before fall arrives… the others I will make for next year. :)

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      Aug 30, 2010, 03.25 PMby Bing Sapungan

      Thank you for your interest on the Kimona. It is easy to make, especially if you’d like to follow what I did. And yes, this would be functional and stylish on summer days over your sleeveless tops!

      If you wish to follow our traditions, the Kimona is ideally embroidered or sequined, best for evening or formal attire in the Philippines. But sorry, I think I don’t have the exact answer to your question on why the pineapple fiber. Just my opinion though, I think maybe because that fabric was the most popular or trendy here in the ancient years :-) Next to the fact that the sheer allows the wearer to enjoy cool air as she fans her self on hotter days, haha.. Sorry too, I’m just beginning to learn about fabrics as I just started sewing recently… If you can’t find pineapple-derived fabric, organza comes next to our options.

      Well, I can say a lot about the Kimona and our tradional clothing. Feel free to ask more questions and I’ll try to find answers, if it seems difficult ;-)

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    Aug 29, 2010, 12.53 PMby Phyu Myo Hlaing(Jasmine)

    I like it … I have one like this one…I made it myself…….. We, the girls in Myanmar call it butterfly blouse…..And this is so popular in Myanmar now

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      Aug 29, 2010, 04.01 PMby Bing Sapungan

      Hi. Thanks, you liked it. I’m glad the butterfly blouse, which resembles the Philippine Kimona is popular in Myanmar.

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