Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year, has emerged to be one of the focal festivals in Bangladesh. For fashionistas, it is another occasion to bring out their artistic side to explore and pair up the old with the new in terms of themes, motif and color selection.
The right mindset and end customer based fashion institutes are an alien in Bangladesh. Though some universities do offer this subject, where students get the chance to demonstrate their creativity keeping in mind customs and trends.
Breaking this trend, the second year students of the Department of Fashion Design and Apparel Engineering of the National Institute of Textile Engineering and Research (NITER) designed a vibrant and colorful ‘Panjabi’ and ‘Salwar Kameez’ by taking different kinds of motif from Bangladeshi culture for the upcoming ‘Pahela Baishakh’, the Bengali New Year.
We choose to stick to the simple yet elegant red and white combination as most of the fashionists prefer this. While most of the teenager females prioritize salwar kameez as the favorite attire for Baishakh, the male particularly likes Panjabi.
To mark this joyful Bengali event, fashion houses bring unique designs bringing out the true life of Bangla.
The project’s entrepreneur, Iftekhar Uddin Fahim expressed that the works have been made keeping the youth in mind, drawing inspiration from them. The project’s entrepreneur, Iftekhar Uddin Fahim highlighted how the fashion design and apparel engineering in institutes preparing the future apparel design leaders.
Iftekhar said, “The world is in a fast mode. And the fashion industry is no different. Now the factories, garments or fashion houses are looking for an engineer who has design capability”.
“So the designers and engineers at the same time are more evaluated internationally. Our institute, NITER has started the issue. Hopefully, from here onwards, we the fashion engineers will come out and we will also represent Bangladesh in addition to the important contribution of Bangladeshi garments sector,” Iftekhar Uddin added.
Raiyan Sultana Nowshin, a student of Fashion Design and Apparel Engineering Department, one of the masterminds of this project said, “We choose to stick to the simple yet elegant red and white combination as most of the fashionists prefer this. While most of the teenager females prioritize salwar kameez as the favorite attire for Baishakh, the male particularly likes Panjabi.”
“Regardless of the male or female, every fashion enthusiast likes our local fabrics in which the natural beauty of our country, our culture, ritual, and unique style are depicted with eccentric beauty. And also keeping the fashion demand in mind, we design the Panjabi and Salwar Kameez with the concept of flower motif from Bangladeshi culture as Alpana and Shokher Hari,” Nowshin elaborated.