I had a pleasant chat with a local designer from my home province Laguna whose ingenuity and craftsmanship has stun the world’s centrestage in embroidery fashion.
Andrew Badiola has dressed many people from all walks of life– from the beaming debutante to the stunning bride– to political figures and TV personalities. Or the sweet little birthday princess or sagala.
Many of his filipiniana gowns and terno, barong tagalog. wedding and other dresses have been seen in formal events and glittery social functions in Manila and other parts of the Philippines and even abroad.
I was browsing for some inspiration for a Filipiniana dress on the internet when I came across those embroidered dresses authentically made from my home province Laguna. And this connected me to this long lost friend from high school.
BARONG DE CALADO. IRENE’s EMBROIDERY.
Andrew grew up seeing his mother’s artistry. His mother Irene Badiola is the brain behind Barong de Calado.
Just going over photos of their embroideries, I was so hooked– specially with the wedding dresses they made. Beads, lace, threads and other decorations meticulously handcrafted together to come up with a beautiful creation. Various designs and styles. Vintage and contemporary. Simple to the grandest. Each gown created uniquely for each bride.
Barong de Calado has joined in national and international exhibits and has gained recognition and admiration for its quality and craftsmanship.
Shop is located in Ermita, Manila but main show room and embroidery shop is located in the town of Lumban town, province of Laguna. Lumban is known to be home of finest jusi and pinya embroideries.
Barong de Calado @ the Biggest Wedding Fair in Asia of Themes & Motifs in 2014,
Barong de Calados’ bridal gown and groom’s tuxedo made it in the cover of Inspirations Magazine (Photo credit: Barong de Calado)
Phil movie and TV actress Maja Salvador in a custom nude handpainted offshoulders modern beaded jusi filipiniana dress from for the #imdrunkiloveyou movie (Photo credit: Maja Salvador)
Aside from barong for men and women and for the whole wedding entourage’s dresses, Barong de Calado is also known for dresses for proms, graduation, debut and other formal events.
For those wanting to have a glimpse of Andrew and mom Irene’s creations, please check: