Islamic fashion school cuts a faithful figure in Indonesia

By Yuddy Cahya

Bandung, INDONESIA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s first Islamic vogue college is educating college students on this planet’s largest Muslim-majority nation the standard abilities of design, styling and advertising and marketing – however with a religion-specific twist.

As demand grows for Islamic attire, that includes variations on conventional headscarves and lengthy, flowing attire for girls, whereas males are focused with robes or shirts embroidered with spiritual motifs, about 140 college students have signed up.

“We wish our college students to make distinctive designs and change into leaders in modest vogue,” stated Deden Siswanto, who based the Islamic Vogue Institute practically three years in the past in Indonesia’s third largest metropolis of Bandung.

“We additionally educate them about carrying garments in keeping with Islamic guidelines.”

Close by sat a bunch of younger girls working at sketchboards and stitching stations within the college, which provides nine-month programs in vogue styling, advertising and marketing, and fundamental styling. 

Each women and men, whether or not Muslim or non-Muslim, might be part of. However academics should be Muslim, to make sure familiarity with Islamic enterprise practices.

The development towards clothes that meet spiritual necessities is turning into extra seen among the many burgeoning center class in Indonesia, the place, for years, few Muslim girls lined their heads, or opted for conventional batik or Western clothes.

The Indonesian web sites of main on-line retailers comparable to and now have pages devoted to Islamic vogue.

The nation hosted its first Muslim Vogue Week in 2015 and the business ministry goals to make Indonesia a “Muslim vogue hub” by 2020.

One of many college students on the college, Runi Soemadipradja, stated she began carrying a headband in 2007 however discovered few choices appropriate for Muslims.

“I began designing my very own garments,” she stated. “We’re overwhelmed by this (demand). Up to now I’ve launched 10 collections.”

(Writing by Jessica Damiana; Enhancing by Kanupriya Kapoor and Clarence Fernandez)

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