GEORGE TOWN: Lace and colour-coordinated family fashion are always “in” for Hari Raya, says a longtime trader here.
According to Sheba Abdul Karim of F.A. Karim Cloth House in Campbell Street, her family’s business, which has been operating for six decades, has found that lace is an all-time favourite for women’s baju raya.
She noted that families will frequently lay down the colour scheme that the household should adopt each Raya.
“We started ordering lace from South Korea and Japan late last year because people would start ordering their baju raya from as early as January,” she said, adding that demand would surge by up to 80% yearly.
“We get three generations of loyal customers, and the new generation has a lot of expectations on material, colour and cut.
“Many families set a colour theme for all family members to wear for the festive period, right down to the lace colour, although some prefer to break with tradition and choose a contrasting shade.”
Sheba said this year, a baju kurung or baju melayu costs between RM150 and RM200 while the more elaborate ones, between RM350 and RM500.
To help charities share the Raya joy with the needy, Sheba said the store prepares a discounted bundle of RM75 per package of baju kurung material, sarong and dates to give away.