Each region of the Philippines has its own distinct traditional clothing. The Cordilleras have the distinct handloomed striped patterns, and the Southern Luzon/Tagalog region boasts the baro’t saya which has evolved into the terno dress with butterfly sleeves. In the islands of the Visayas regions (particularly in Cebu and the Negros island) they have the Kimona.
Most lowland people in the Visayas region wear the typical Kimona; a blouse with a matching knee-length tube skirt. The kimona was typically transparent, made of piña. The skirt that accompanies the kimona is usually the handloomed plaid, similar to the madras pattern from India. See my Lola back in the 1950’s wearing the typical kimona and patadyong ensemble in one of the photos. Over the years, this kimona blouse was embellished with embroidery and beading for more ceremonial occasions.
This Kimona is named after local Toronto artist, Maureen Mendoza who designed this Art Deco / Egyptology motif that was then hand screen printed on to 100% silk organza by a local Manila artist, Mario Pabon, known to us as Mang Yoyong (“Mang” means Mister).
The Maureen comes in 3 sizes with the following measurements:
S = Bust 35” Length at Centre Front from Shoulder 14 1/2”
M = Bust 37” Length at Centre Front from Shoulder 16 1/2”
L = Bust 40” Length at Centre Front from Shoulder 18 1/2”
Each Maureen Kimona is hand printed, so each piece has some variation. Each piece is cut, sewn and beaded by Master Lita and the VINTA Gallery team in our atelier in the Philippines.
We have very limited stock, so do not hesitate!
Price is in USD, includes shipping within Canada and the US. This item ships out of Toronto. Allow 1-5 business days within Canada, 7-10 business days for delivery outside of Canada. For expedited shipping options, please contact us info@vintaTO.com