October 19, 2018

That which is truly ours ..

By doing so we will primarily be helping build the nation's economy, and if that isn't reason enough, then here are a few more. If you want haute couture dresses, we can be sure to get a more personalised service from our fashion houses. The freedom to make your own designs, or choose one of the designer's is something you simply can't do with Indian or Pakistani pieces. Speaking of designer pieces, if that is at the top of your list, Mayasir is the place to be. If your taste hovers around earthy tones, Aranya is for you. And how could any man think of a panjabi and not think of Aarong? Starting this Eid, let us try to give our designers and artisans a reason to smile! Farheen Rahman, mother of two, and Director, Department Organisations, at Standard Chartered Bangladesh, prefers to wear locally designed dresses for all occasions. “I prefer buying designer wear for Eid from boutiques like Dressydale and Anokhi. They are a bit expensive, but I find them very classy and elegant. Their designs are the kind that I can wear for Eid. Their semi-formal collection can be worn for official parties too,” she says. Weaving has always been at the very heart of Bangladesh, and textile is an inherent part of our cultural heritage. For centuries, our weaves have piqued the interest of couturiers from across the globe. Despite our deep, rich history of craftsmanship though, our local yarns and fashion houses seem to be taking a beating, because of imports from the subcontinent. The moment you walk into a market to purchase your Eid outfit, the abundance of Indian and Pakistani attire is apparent. To say they are merely available is an understatement, because in reality, our markets are flooded with these imports. Designer and owner of the boutique Khoobsurty, Tasneem Sabrina Hasib, says, “When I started out in 2002, business was really good, but recently, all designers and fashion houses are complaining because our sales have plummeted. Even in those days, people used to travel to India to shop for their outfits, but that percentage was smaller. Nowadays, especially after Pakistani dresses have invaded the market, we are really facing a downfall.”