Celebrate Aidilfitri at home with beautiful colours and designs from local Malaysian designers.
Aidilfitri or Eidul Fitri celebrations — or Hari Raya as Malaysians call it — this year looks likely to be an intimate affair but don’t let it stop you from celebrating in style. Check out this Eid’s collections from Malaysian designers featuring a mixture of traditional designs and loose silhouettes, sets of solid pastels and jewel-toned varieties, as well as a healthy assortment of patterns.
Apart from their usual batik fare, PARCA’s latest Raya collection features various shades of solid- toned and patterned kurung sets. Their items are made out of cotton, ensuring maximum comfort in Malaysia’s humid tropical weather. PARCA’s pieces are sold separately, so one can either mix and match to their heart’s content or get a complete set. Tops are priced from RM89 to RM149 each, while bottoms range from RM 79 to RM129 each.
The ready-to-wear diffusion line of designer Alia Bastamam. Alia B.’s collection for this year’s Raya is a continuation of the designer’s optimistic and empowering vision in her designs. The Raya 2020 collection itself draws inspiration from the ocean, considered to be the true heart of our planet. The collection’s offerings are anchored in pastel shades and sandy hues, with a mixture of island tie-dye and seashell prints. The designer’s own selected picks include the Thalia dress, a seashell-print draped tunic dress in mint and peach as well as the Liliana kurung, a blush-coloured kaftan top and sarong set. Prices range from RM379 to RM599 per set.
The brainchild of individuals behind Klang Valley’s famed Wondermilk franchise of cafes, Alam & Manusia is an up-and-coming brand known for their signature polka-dots items. Their first Raya collection consists of three different designs, each available in two different colours. Purnama and Kenchana are both distinctly patterned sets, whereas Langit’s sets feature singular pastel tones. You can also twin with the little ones in your family if you wish to. Both the Purnama and Kenchana sets are available in children’s sizes as Little Purnama and Little Kenchana, respectively. Children’s sets are priced at RM149, while women’s sets are priced at RM299.
Famed for their soft, luxurious and modern take on Malaysian batik, FERN draws their inspiration from Morocco for this year’s Raya collection. Named the Moroccan series, the collection creatively interprets colours and patterns from the landscape and valleys of the Sahara desert and the Atlas mountain. Think star-filled night skies, the beautiful damask rose, intense blue tones of the little town of Chefchaouen as well as the beautiful Moorish mosaic patterns filling the Medina of Fez with palm trees towering the streets. Items in the collection range from RM367.64 to RM1636.70 a piece.
Themed ‘Free to Be’, Bellapizo’s Raya collection is designed to enable their wearers to feel utmost comfort in their own skin and ‘freeing’ them to be themselves. Their collection blends light fabrics with loose but flattering cuts, with an array of patterns and both pastel and jewel-toned shades thrown in. The airy Flamingo set – available in both pastel-soft lilac shade and bold, dark navy blue – probably best encapsulates the feel of their collection. Sets range from RM359 to RM399 each.
Known for their loose silhouettes and sophisticated take on basics, ANAABU invites you to go back to nature for their Raya collection. Aptly named Alam (or ‘universe’, in English) the collection was inspired by the various elements in nature which then fuses together a complete universe. The selection of colours in this collection incorporates the earthy hues of black, brown, white, contrasting shades of green as well as the dusky shades of maroon, peach, and mustard. Additionally, some items – like the sandy Awan robe – even have hidden pockets sewn in! All pieces are sold separately, with prices ranging from RM129 to RM349 each.
Aptly named ‘Nostalgia Raya’, Maslea’s Raya roll-out this year is all about recreating old love. The collection itself was inspired by the memories of the designer’s late grandmother, Masliah, which also happens to be the namesake for the latest women’s range of items. The brand also brought back last-year’s best- seller, the long, alongside their staple classic kebaya and kurung tops. Maslea is also doing a line of men’s baju Melayu under the ‘Jais’ range this year - a first for the brand. Prices start at RM168 for men’s tops, and at RM208 for women’s tops.
The hotly anticipated ready-to-wear Raya Magazine 2020 collection from Melinda Looi features fresh and youthful interpretations of traditional Malay garments. The Baju Kurung, Kebaya and Kedah have been redesigned with eclectic kimono cuts and incorporate newer lace embellishments but are still crafted with traditional batik prints. Melinda’s signature clashing prints and intricate beading details are also incorporated within the Raya Magazine collection. There’s a fair variety of colours to please everyone: choose from either the bold hues of canary yellow, cerise and fuchsia or opt for the softer salmon pink shade. Sets in the collection are priced between RM748 to RM 2,088 and are produced on a made-to-order basis, so prepare to wait at least 30-40 days for your outfit to be prepared!