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Islamic fashion school cuts a faithful figure in Indonesia

Bandung, INDONESIA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s first Islamic fashion school is instructing college students in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation the same old abilities of design, styling and advertising – however with a religion-specific twist.

A mannequin presents creations by scholar designer Runny Soemadipradja on the primary day of the Indonesia Muslim Fashion Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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

“We want our students to make unique designs and become leaders in modest fashion,” mentioned Deden Siswanto, who based the Islamic Fashion Institute almost three years in the past in Indonesia’s third largest metropolis of Bandung.

“We also teach them about wearing clothes according to Islamic rules.”

A mannequin presents creations by scholar designer Sherly Az Zahra on the primary day of the Indonesia Muslim Fashion Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Nearby sat a group of younger girls working at sketchboards and stitching stations in the school, which affords nine-month programs in fashion styling, advertising, and primary styling. 

Both women and men, whether or not Muslim or non-Muslim, might be a part of. But lecturers should be Muslim, to make sure familiarity with Islamic enterprise practices.

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

The Indonesian web sites of main on-line retailers similar to Lazada.com and Zalora.com now have pages devoted to Islamic fashion.

The nation hosted its first Muslim Fashion Week in 2015 and the trade ministry goals to make Indonesia a “Muslim fashion hub” by 2020.

One of the scholars on the school, Runi Soemadipradja, mentioned she began carrying a headband in 2007 however discovered few choices appropriate for Muslims.

“I started designing my own clothes,” she mentioned. “We are overwhelmed by this (demand). So far I have released 10 collections.”

Writing by Jessica Damiana; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor and Clarence Fernandez

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