Barong-In­spired Bomber Jack­ets

The Freeman - - LIFESTYLE - By Ysa Sing­son

Jor-el Espina is the brains be­hind the fas­ci­nat­ing “Bomberong,” a unique bomber jacket in­spired by tra­di­tional pina­wo­ven barongs. This Ilonggo de­signer works with lo­cal weavers to cre­ate his beau­ti­ful and in­tri­cate de­signs. Jor-el dis­cusses the Bomberong’s de­sign, the process be­hind it, and what’s next for him.

What in­spired these de­signs?

“I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated with the weaves and em­broi­deries found in pieces inside the closet of my old folks!”

Can you de­scribe the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Ilonggo weavers?

“I al­ways have a great time work­ing with the ar­ti­sans. Work­ing with them widens my knowl­edge about cul­ture and tradition.”

Where can these jack­ets be pur­chased?

“My items can be bought in my ate­lier and are also avail­able via my In­sta­gram. We’re join­ing the Artefino fair, too. Also, watch out for the up­com­ing trade fairs.”

What’s next for you and your de­signs?

“In the next col­lec­tion, we will be work­ing with the Panay Bukid­non tribe and their in­tri­cate hand em­broi­dery.”

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