Wonder attire a dress for every occasion

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 Apr 2003


PETALING JAYA: Boutique owner Habsah Abang Saufi did not find it odd to pack sarongs in her suitcase whenever she travelled. 

SARONG POWER:Habsah demonstrating how to tie a piece of sarong with contemporary designs to look modern using the good old way of dressing.

To her, this traditional Malay dress is a wonder attire; as the different ways it is tied turns it into a dress for every occasion, from the formal to the comfy.  

Being clad in sarongs has become more than just a way of life for Habsah, managing director of Tom Abang Saufi, a specialty shop in contemporary ethnic fashion designs patronised by socialites and celebrities. Habsab said the sarong dress she wore overseas was not only a fashion statement but also a cultural identity she could show off.  

“Sarong is so practical, so easy to wear and simply beautiful. One piece of fabric can be worn in so many ways and present different looks depending on how you play around with it. 

“Whenever I am in a foreign land and commended on how good I looked in sarong, I can proudly say that this is the Malaysian way of dressing, it is our heritage,” she said. 

Those keen on giving their sarong or pareo a new twist can obtain a tip or two from Habsah who will share her experience at a three-in-one workshop to be held during the KL Fashion Week on April 24 at Cititel Hotel. 

Habsah will show within minutes how to turn a piece of sarong into a skirt, a dress and even pants without all the hassle of cutting and sewing.  

“Depending on the prints, colour and tie style, sarong has very versatile characteristic - it can look tertib (proper) to grace official functions and it can also look funky as a beach wear.”  

The workshop from 10am to 3pm will also include “Nyonya Talk” by well-known stage actress Pearlly Chua and a demonstration on the art of beadworks by designer Melinda Looi. 

The workshop is priced at RM80 per person inclusive of tea breaks and lunch.  

For enquiries on workshops and demonstrations, call  

The Star at 03-7967 1388 ext 1431 or access http://thestar.com.my/fashionweek/ for information.  

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