Raya And The Last Dragon is certainly something different. The animation stars Disney's first ever South-East Asian princess and is inspired by cultures of the region.
It is written by a pair of South-East Asians, one of whom is even Malaysian, Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians).
Well, here's another thing to be proud of. Disney has teamed up with a local modestwear label to come with a collection inspired by the strong, spirited warrior princess, Raya.
The collection by Calaqisya features detailed thematic motifs of Raya And The Last Dragon. The prints are said to denote the South-East Asian identity, culture and heritage.
There are five designs of printed kaftan with the backdrop from the animation’s sceneries. The collection also carries four printed headscarves and scrunchies that comes with a CalaQisya x Disney customised pouch.
"Finally, we have a Disney princess who represents 'our people', which is a reason enough to release this collaborative collection," says CEO of Calaqisya, Yana Khairudin.
"And on top of that, we are just very proud to learn that the screenwriter Adele Lim is our own Malaysian!"
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Raya And The Last Dragon depicts a princess who embarks on a journey to save the mystical land of Kumandra, by searching for the world's last dragon. It emphasises the importance of trust as a component in achieving world peace and harmony.
“Calaqisya strongly holds on to the belief that trust is essential in whatever we do and it is a virtue that is slowly disappearing in today's world. From a fashion standpoint, we believe that trust would enhance the confidence between a brand and its customers," Yana relates.
“Even though we are all grown-ups now, we sometimes still watch Disney movies to cheer ourselves up by reliving our childhood memories, especially after a long day."
Established by three sisters, Yana, Farah and Azrina, Calaqisya started its journey in a small room within Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor, back in 2010.