The detailed and ornate costumes worn by the participating tribes are one of the festival’s attractions. The Dinagyang Festival is a vivid celebration of Iloilo’s culture and heritage. The elaborate past and customs of Iloilo are reflected in these costumes, which are more than just articles of clothing.
The recently concluded Dinagyang Festival was filled with stunning costumes, but one tribe stood out for their exceptional design and attention to detail. Tribu Molave Kang Salog was awarded Best in Costume Design and Headdress, thanks to the exceptional work of fashion designer Nikki Xandrix Monares.
Xandrix, a designer from Leganes, has been honing his craft since high school and has already made a name for himself in the industry, with his previous work in the Pantat Festival receiving high praise from audiences. He is not only a designer for women’s clothing, but also an expert in beadwork, as evidenced by the intricate beadwork on the costumes of Tribu Molave Kang Salog. The patterns, colors, and details of the costumes were carefully chosen to ensure authenticity and sophistication, making Tribu Molave Kang Salog’s costumes a standout at the festival. Congratulations to Nikki Xandrix Monares and the Tribu Molave Kang Salog for their outstanding work at the Dinagyang Festival.
The intricate designs of the Dinagyang costumes are adorned with a variety of colorful fabrics, beadwork, feathers, and other embellishments. These designs often incorporate elements of Iloilo’s history and culture, such as the traditional patterns and motifs of the Ati-Atihan, the indigenous people of Panay Island, where Iloilo City is located. The use of these traditional designs and motifs gives the costumes a sense of authenticity and connection to the past.
Another important aspect of the Dinagyang costumes is the incorporation of native materials. Many of the costumes are made from fabrics and materials that are indigenous to Iloilo and the surrounding areas, such as abaca, piña, and jusi. The use of these materials not only adds to the authenticity of the costumes, but also helps to preserve and promote the traditional crafts and industries of the region.
Furthermore, the costumes also play a crucial role in the tribe’s performance, helping to tell the story they want to convey. The making of the costumes is usually a community effort, with the members of the tribe working together to design and create the costumes in time for the festival. The tribes also take care of the maintenance and repair of the costumes in between the performances.
The costumes worn during the Dinagyang Festival are not just pieces of clothing, but they are also works of art that reflect the rich heritage and traditions of Iloilo. The intricate designs, cultural significance and the use of native materials make them a true highlight of the festival. They are a true testament to the creativity, hard work and