New trends in festive fashion

DAZZLING baju kurung of various designs have become sought-after outfits this Hari Raya, as shoppers dart in and out of Ramadan bazaars and shopping centres in Sungai Petani, Kedah, for last-minute shopping.

This year’s main attraction is the Baju Kurung Riau, where the cutting for the top flows from a slender-cut to kembang payung (flare bottom), while the skirt is a straight-cut matching piece.

Uji Fashion Sdn Bhd sales assistant Norain Ahmad, 22, said this particular outfit, which was introduced this Raya, was a hit especially among young girls.

She said the outfit, sewn from chiffon and net material, had embroidery and tiny artificial precious stones on the bodice, the flare bottom and flare sleeves.

“Another popular design is the Baju Kurung Mini, which is similar to the Baju Kedah, but with a slightly longer top. This is the only baju kurung design that has matching embroidery on the skirt.

“The Baju Kurung Riau is priced from RM240 while Baju Kurung Mini costs from RM269,” she said in an interview yesterday.

Other baju kurung designs in demand, Norain added, were the Baju Kurung Moden and Baju Kurung Pahang which had varied sleeve cuttings.

She said another range of women’s clothing fast gaining popularity this Raya were the Baju Kelawar, Korean-style dresses and Caftan blouses, all made from chiffon material.

“The Baju Kelawar are long flowy dresses with butterfly sleeves, while the Korean-style dresses were based on the traditional Hanbok costume.

“Many are going for the breezy Caftan blouses, which can be worn as tops over an inner blouse with long pants,” she said.

Norain said the loose-fitting Tudung Siti (named after local singing sensation Datuk Siti Nurhaliza) and the tight-fitting Tudung Syria were the popular choices for head scarves this year.

She said: “Baju Melayu designs for men are quite standard and simple, noting that the more popular ones were the Baju Melayu Johor and Baju Melayu Cekak Musang.”

Shopper Zulhisham Mohd Noor, 40, from Sungai Lalang, said she bought two to three pairs of outfits for his family members this year, noting that they would be having a moderate Hari Raya celebration this year.

Another shopper Abdul Basir Abdul Aziz, 32, from Pendang, said he brought the family to shop in Sungai Petani, which had a better choice for clothing and other Hari Raya essentials.

Over at the Ramadan bazaar near the Sungai Petani clock tower in Jalan Ibrahim, many people were seen busy buying other essentials such as songkok, chapal, costume jewellery and groceries.

Shoppers were also spoilt for choice with an assortment of mouth-watering Hari Raya cookies, some sold at RM10 for three containers while others at RM5 per container.

Shopper Norhafiza Dolah, 37, said usually on the night before Hari Raya, some of the stalls there would sell off their cookies at five containers for RM10.

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