The balintawak is the traditional Filipino costume for females. It is derived from the Filipino dress women wore during the era of Spanish rule in the Philippines. The costume typically features a white or cream-colored blouse with puffy, butterfly-, short- sleeves, a V neckline that is wrapped around the body, and plenty of ornate embroidery, and a low calf to floor length skirt. Females wearing balintawaks are often paired with men wearing barong Tagalogs.