Though most men prefer to wear casual clothing like shirts and t-shirts throughout the year, for Eid, young men and boys choose to wear panjabis
The panjabi makets have started drawing customer attention as Eid Ul Fitr is nearing.
Keeping in mind, current trends and the weather, shops are offering a wide variety of panjabi collections at different price ranges.
Shoppers have started buying clothes at various shopping malls to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, in keeping with the local tradition of wearing new clothes on Eid day.
Visiting city malls, Dhaka Tribune found sales associates busy attending customers in large numbers. Since last week, sales at shopping centres have also gone up.
Though most men prefer to wear casual clothing like shirts and t-shirts throughout the year, for Eid, young men and boys choose to wear panjabis.
Almost all the fashion houses have on display, a wide variety of cotton, linen, mixed linen, and adi cotton panjabi collections.
Aarong is offering panjabis with embroidery on the chest and neckline. The embroidered work is available in a range of colours like green, blue, indigo and orange, in bright contrast to whatever is the base colour.
Fahmid Ahmed, an Aarong sales manager, said: “Keeping the hot summer season in mind, this year most of our panjabis are made of light cotton which are simple, comfortable, and affordable for customers.”
The prices of embroidered cotton panjabis range from Tk1,490 to Tk2,900, which is reasonably affordable for most people. Prices of embroidered, handloom appliquéd cotton panjabis, range from Tk1,200 to Tk2,500.
“Besides these, we also have printed adi cotton, slim fit cotton, linen, and silk panjabis in this price range for all age groups,” he added.
This season, Fashion house Le Reve, focused on comfortable cotton panjabis and simple designs.
Sales Associate at Le Reve, Mafiul Islam, said: “If anyone wants something more casual but still traditional, they can opt for our subtly embroidered, printed, or vegetable dyed panjabis which come in two sizes: fitted and semi-fitted.
“Prices for our slim fit and fitted cotton panjabis range between Tk1,490 and Tk3,590”.
Yellow Sales Associate, Sharif Khan, said: “This year most of our panjabis are made of cotton and viscose fabrics with simple designs to deliver comfortable attire to our customers.
“The price range is between Tk1,995 and Tk3,295, including 5% VAT.”
They also have a Kabli collection ranging in price, from Tk3,295 to Tk 3,695.
Like others brands, Lubnan also has an extensive range of panjabi collections with all over embroidery or elaborate embroidery work on the chest, collar, and wrist.
Lubnan Sales Manager, Saiful Alam, said: “Most of our collection is light cotton fabric based, with both simple and gorgeous designs, with a price range of Tk1,950 – Tk10,250.
Md Jewel, manager of Gentle Park, said their panjabi collections are in cotton and linen fabrics.
The price range for slim fit panjabis is between Tk1,695 - Tk1,795, and their Kabli collection, from Tk 2,900 – Tk3,500.
Sailor, another well-known brand for panjabis also decked out their outlets with different panjabi colours and designs.
Tarek Rahman, in-charge of the Sailor outlet at Basundhara Shopping Mall, said: “With gorgeous designs on comfortable fabrics, we are trying to offer our customers the best of panjabis.
We also have matching clothes for father and son . Our panjabi prices go from Tk2,000 – Tk5,500. The prices range for kids' panjabis is from Tk800 – Tk1500, and the Kabli price range is from Tk2,500 – Tk3,500.
Easy, Dorjibari, Cats Eye, and many other local retail fashion houses also have a wide range of panjabi designs at their outlets.