The Flower of BUSTANI: Local designers revitalize southern Thailand’s Malay fashion scene

PATTANI, April 8 (Bernama) — As they rush to prepare for the upcoming Eid festival, the Muslim community in southern Thailand, especially the youth, continues to focus on their fashion choices.

In addition to robes and tunics, colorful baju melayu (traditional Malay clothing for men), including those created by local designers, are becoming increasingly popular here.

Mohammad Sabri Jero, 48, a local designer and Malay costume enthusiast from Narathiwat, saw this trend and decided to create his own “Bastani” costume to meet the demand of local youth for this year’s Eid celebrations. I came up with the idea of ​​starting a brand.

“Bustani is from Patani, for Patani. It is a source of pride for the people of Patani and maintains its position as a luxury brand that competes with other brands in the market,” Muhammad Sabri recently told Bernama. Ta.

He explained that “Bustani” means “garden” in Arabic, and in the context of Baju Melayu’s design, it symbolizes a shelter and gathering place for the Patani community.

“The initial inspiration to create our own Baju Melayu came from observing an annual gathering in Pattani on the third day of Eid, where 10,000 to 15,000 young men and women gathered together. is wearing Baju Melayu,” he said.

“It just occurred to me, why not make the most of the opportunity and get something out of it?” he added.

Sabri said 10 percent of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Palestine Foundation, and a further 20 percent will be used to establish a sewing skills workshop specifically for single mothers in the area.

Meanwhile, Ku Abdullah Bin Ku Lambri, 32, who sells traditional Malay clothing and headgear here, said he is currently deepening his knowledge of Malay clothing from Malaysia.

“We Malays need to preserve our Malay traditions, including the traditional clothing of the Malay community. Over the past two years, there has been widespread interest in tanjak (traditional Malay headgear), and tanjak manufacturers are catching up. “It’s gotten to the point where I don’t have any commands,” he said.

— Bernama

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