Baro't Saya is the national costume of the Philippines for women. Baro't Saya is a two piece type of clothing. Baro is a sleeved, collarless blouse that covers the upper torso, the Baro is a thin type of fabric made out of Piña so women would have to wear a shirt under it. Saya, on the other hand is a long skirt that they use to cover the lower body part of the women. Some accessories that goes along with this clothing is a "Pamaypay" or a fan. Women wore this type of clothing during the Spanish Era. Today this type of clothing is now worn in special occasions such as festivals, weddings, and baptism. Women also wear "Bakya" or wooden clogs for their shoes.
Maria Clara Dress
Maria Clara is a dress that originated from the Baro't Saya. This dress is named after Maria Clara because she was the one who improved and developed it. Spaniards also thought this to the Filipinos during the early 1800s. This dress symbolizes the virtues and nobility of a Filipina. The Maria Clara dress is a Baro't Saya that Maria Clara improved by adding a "Panuelo" or a scarf. Like the Baro't Saya this clothing is also made out of Piña so women would have to wear a white shirt under it, they would also have to wear "bakya" or wooden cogs for their shoes.
This type of shoes is worn by women, often when wearing the Baro't Saya and the Maria Clara dress. This shoes is made out of wood, they hand craft and decorate this. This kind of shoes is often worn in festivals, this shoes would make a lot o sound bevause they are made out of wood. This is also the national shoes of the Philippines.