Made from jusi (silk/polyester blend), this sweet and sassy butterfly sleeved top features gorgeously delicate embroidery of Bagawak-Morado blossoms on the sleeve face.
Bagawak-Morado (Clerodendrum quadriloculare) is a small flowering tree that is endemic to the Philippines. These buds open into five-petaled clusters of small flowers with white petals and pink tubes, all oozing with nectar. Irresistible to butterflies, in full bloom is truly a breathtaking sight! The blooming season begins from December but its full bloom can be seen in February, that’s why some Filipinos call this “Bunga de Pebrero”. But even without flowers, its dark green and maroon leaves are also beautiful on their own.
Clerodendrum belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae. You might be familiar with the herbs in this family that are used for cooking: basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, lavender. Some related Philippine tree species include molave (Vitex parviflora) and alagaw (Premna odorata).
The Bagawak-Morado is classified as endangered under DAO 2017-11 or the Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Plants. As we all take time to reflect on our nation’s history and heritage, let us also celebrate the diversity of the Philippines’ natural resources (which belong to us and not to any other country). Remember that collective action (such as citizen science, or protesting) plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the things that should be important to us (like these species marked “Endangered” in the National Red List, or constitutional rights and sovereignty).
Each Slit Front Terno Top is handcrafted and embroidered by Master Lita and the VINTA Gallery team in our atelier in the Philippines.
PREORDER NOW and receive $25.00 off this garment! Promotion expires on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 6pm EST. Discount is automatically applied at check out and cannot be combined with other offers/promotions.
Estimated ship date is Friday, August 20, 2021.
Price is in USD, which includes standard shipping within Canada and the US. This item ships out of Toronto. Additional shipping rates are available; expedited shipping and insurance coverage have an added fee. You will be able to choose your preferred shipping option at check out. Read our full shipping details here.
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Material and Care Instructions:
- This terno top is made with jusi (silk polyester blend). Hand wash with mild soap, do not scrub or wring. Dry flat not in direct sun ensuring that the sleeves are flat so the shape does not get crushed. Dry clean only when absolutely necessary, to avoid drying out the silk (this causes the fabric to break and tear). Steaming will cause crinkles, follow with iron on low to medium heat (silk setting).