The buzz in the local fashion scene has gained popularity and allowed aspiring local fashion designers to produce unique designs that are truly Bruneian. Inspired by old photographs from the 60s and 70s that were taken by her late grandfather, Aisyah Azlan infused classic and contemporary designs to her newly released capsule collection, ‘The Heritage Collection’.

“My first collection is something very special to me and my family as I decided to pay homage to my late grandfather, who was a creative as well and had inspired me to do what I believed in. So I used his old photographs as a foundation in my designs,” said Aisyah.

Photo: Sutera/Amir Hazwan

Aisyah uses natural dye made from local fruits and vegetables such as the mixture of red cabbage, black beans, and onion skins to create a lilac colour. Other than that, Aisyah mentioned that she uses 100% organic cotton and organza for the tops in consideration for those with sensitive skin, and linen for the abaya for a lighter feel rather than using polyester.

The prints on the abaya were created using a silk screen printing method and hand painted strokes. The design features a contemporary take on “Bunga Berputar”, a popular handwoven textiles design in Brunei. The first phase of the capsule collection took her six intense months of trial and error.

Photo: Sutera/Amir Hazwan

“For the patterns itself, it took about three months to conceptualise and another three months for the manufacturing process. All the cutting and sewing of the raw materials were done by me with the help of two interns for the studio,” she said.

The tops are priced at BND70, while the abayas are BND120 per piece. Aisyah mentioned that the prices are competitive as all of the garments are hand processed. She further added that she will be introducing more designs later in the year which will total up to six patterns under The Heritage Collection.

Photo:Sutera/Amir Hazwan

With the release of the first phase of her capsule collection, Aisyah hopes to inspire more young fashion designers in Brunei and to appreciate their own patterns that they came up with.

For people who are interested in getting or trying out the collection, please do not hesitate to contact Aisyah on her Instagram to set up an appointment to her studio. In the future, she hopes to be able to put her collection in local stores but for now, everything is available in her studio. Stay tuned for the next release of her capsule collection, which will be arriving in Spring 2019.