Celebrity-inspired wear all the rage

MUSLIMS in Bukit Mertajam are spoilt for choice as they go about doing their last minute Hari Raya shopping.

At Summit Plaza Bukit Mertajam, textile shop owner Teah Ang Meng said many customers went for the latest Siti Nurhaliza-inspired modern chiffon baju kurung with layered sleeves and the late Saloma-inspired baju kurung with fan sleeves.

“We also added artificial precious stones on our baju Melayu suits to give them a glamorous look,” he said.

Salesgirl Jasmin Hamid, 34, said among the celebrity-inspired headdress in demand this year were the Tudung Siti Nurhaliza, which was studded with stones on the top and the Tudung Ekin (named after Mawi’s wife), which had a broad plain top.

Seamstress Faizah Ali, 34, said she took orders for 300 pairs of baju kurung and jubah, adding that some of them were hand-sewn with sequins, artificial precious stones and beads.

The Bazaar Ramadan stalls along Jalan Pasar are stocked with baju kurung, baju Melayu, songkok, kain pelekat (sarong), chapal and cookies.

The retail shops behind the stalls are equally furnished with curtains of the latest designs, cushion covers, tablecloth, carpets as well as essential kitchenware.

Songkok seller Shaari Ariffin, 62, said he ordered 400 units of songkok and sarong from a wholesaler in Alor Setar as in previous years.

“Apart from the standard velvet songkok, I also ordered the Surabaya synthetic songkok, kopiah putih (white skull cap) and Bangladeshi kopiah to cater to different customers,” he said.

Cookies seller Mohd Azli Hussain, 26, said he ordered 36 types of cookies from Alor Setar, which he was selling at RM10 for three boxes.

“On the night of Hari Raya eve, I will lelong (sell at wholesale price) the cookies up to five boxes for RM10 to clear my stocks,” he said.

Chapal seller Mohd Ismail Roslie, 18, said most of the chapal that he sold, between RM18 and RM25 each, came with a standard pattern which was more preferred by customers than the fanciful ones.

Shopper Fatimah Taib, 46, a housewife, said most of her family’s Hari Raya clothes were sewn three months ago.

“The celebrations in my family this year is mere ala kadar (simple) only,” she said.

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