Badju Yakan

Metals are also used to enrich various forms of Philippine textiles. The Yakan badju, a tight-fitting top made of woven or purchased black material, is decorated with batawi on the front and the sleeve. The batawi are buttons made of gold, silver, or brass filigree and are associated with a wearer’s status.

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Source: The Yakans of Lamitan, Basilan and the Evolution of Their Traditional Costumes by Earl Francis C. Pasilan, Philippine Social Science Council (

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