April 8, 2008, marked the EIU Asian Heritage celebration where students wore their native dresses. While the ‘baro’t saya’ I sewed for my niece fitted her, it was also small enough to be worn by a young girl. At some point, the organizers thought the color would be more suitable for a child, and the Maria Clara dress would be more appropriate for someone a little older. So, here’s Maria Clara in action; it would not be complete without the ‘Barong Tagalog’ for the male counterpart.
Maria Clara dress for women Barong Tagalog for men
Students were encouraged to wear their native costumes, but it was also possible for just anyone to participate in however way necessary. Looking at the little girl, I couldn’t agree more that the exchange with my niece wearing the Maria Clara was a good call.
The Eastern Illinois University participants in their Asian Heritage celebration.
Here’s a closer look at the intricate designs and the very fine weaving of either ‘jusi’ (jute) or ‘pinya’ (pineapple) cloth, both from plant material.
My niece (R) — presenting Maria Clara in action at EIU — and her friends.
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