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Ok reading up on textiles and how the Barong Tagalog ( a textile made of pineapple fabric that’s basically the national attire of the Philippines) has a pretty disputed history in relation to colonization. You’ve got people saying that the garment became an oppressive tool for Spanish use and a method of surveillance— the idea being that the transparency of the garment meant that Filipinos wearing them couldn’t steal or conceal weapons. But people also say that the Barong Tagalog mainly functioned as an accommodation for the warmer climate of the Philippines, which also makes sense. 

 

Spanish rule tore through the Philippines, and while I don’t doubt that the Barong was a response to hot weather, I can’t see any filipinx people propagating the myth of it being a colonialist method of violence. There is more to gain from the oppressors obscuring truth than the oppressed making this up for what? The fun of it? 

 

I wonder who is telling us that these histories are speculation simply on the basis of lack of documented history. Who is documenting history anyways?

 

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Also worthwhile to note: If the Barong also existed long before colonial contact, isn't it interesting how I can’t find any images of what anything other than a post-colonial barong looks like? Comparing the clothing of the Minadao, The Ifugao or the Igorot compared to the Tagalog Barong, its glaringly obvious how much Spanish occupation influenced the style of its design. At best confusing and at worst unsettling