The impact of COVID-19 on the people #whomadeourclothes

As the time passes by amid the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic leading to global lockdowns and minimal human activities, new situations are emerging every day, some are good, and some are bad for us. While, the world is experiencing an economic slowdown, affecting every sector from finance to hospitality. The Fashion and textile industry is hit hard due to its discretionary nature and the impact on the industry is widely visible. The reason is not only the global shutdown of retail stores or changed customer buying behaviour, but also the halted production, order cancellation and payment delays. Such uncertainties during COVID-19 pandemic are causing a huge impact on supply chain workers inducing loss of pay and enormous layoffs, which the world needs to know.

The picture that is emerging is devastating. Social distancing measures are taken in countries currently most affected by COVID-19 are driving wholesale closure of thousands of garment factories with millions of workers being laid off without a social safety net. As the virus spreads within the garment-producing countries themselves, more factories will be forced to close, putting potentially millions of more workers out of work. – IndustryAll

While scrolling down my google drive images, I re-visited my memories of college days and internships at manufacturing units. There I had worked closely with supply chain workers, “The real heroes” of the fashion industry. From lineman to the quality checker, tailors, masters and even guards, I made some good memories with Thangamma and Yasmeen, which made me write this article to create an awareness.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 has begun in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt throughout the globe, which has led to enforced global lockdown, travel restrictions, social distancing and changed buying behaviour. Such unprecedented scenario has affected the global economy in a hard way, which has created a challenging situation for every sector, many countries are facing multiple crises. After the reassessment of the current pandemic situation, the IMF has declared that we have entered a recession worse than in 2009. Between all this, the fashion and textile industry is hit hard due to its discretionary nature and the impact on the industry is widely visible. The shutdown of malls, retail stores as well as a halt in production is making the retailers as well the manufacturers suffer in a big way.

In the global fashion and textile manufacturing industry, the brands usually make payments after the shipment is made, which is now followed as a standard practice. Sometimes they are even not paid after weeks or months of delivery, instead of immediate payments on placed orders. Thus, when an order is put on hold or cancelled, payment is also delayed or cancelled.

When orders were cancelled, 72.1% of buyers refused to pay for raw materials (fabric, etc.) already purchased by the supplier, and 91.3% of buyers refused to pay for the cut-make-trim cost (production cost) of the supplier. – Centre for Global Workers’ Rights (CGWR)

In response to the global crisis, many brands and retailers are cancelling orders, delaying and even stopping the payments for orders already placed. Not only this, they are also refusing to accept the ready to ship orders or asking for discounts on orders already shipped. This has left factories with no other choice but to destroy or keep hold of ready unwanted goods, which is an overhead cost.

Such poor circumstances and financial implications are creating panic among apparel exporting communities causing temporary suspension of businesses. This has led to inability to pay wages, enormous layoffs resulting into shutdowns and increased unemployment.

As a result of order cancellations and lack of payment, 58% of factories surveyed report having to shut down most or all of their operations. Centre for Global Workers’ Rights (CGWR)

Brands and retailers have been taking such abrupt decision showing no social responsibility for the workers. Brands have abandoned these workers who were solely dependent on them for their daily wages to survive. Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia are facing major impacts.

  • In India, over 10,000 manufacturing units in Tirupur, which employs over 6 million people, are now struggling to maintain their workforce. Most of the workers here are migrant labourers.
  • In Bangladesh, 1 million garment workers have already lost their jobs and if nothing changes, number will shoot up to  4.1 million.
  • In Myanmar, approximately 2 million workers have already lost their jobs and many more might lose.
  • In Cambodia, it is estimated that roughly one-third of the workers, which is close to that 2 million garment workers, might lose their jobs.

Even though many brands follow the “Responsible exit” policies, all this is happening. For those are not aware, “Responsible exit” policies commit to support factories during such times to reduce the potential adverse impact on workers.

“Poverty is a killer too, and many more people die from poverty than from COVID-19” – Mostafiz Uddin, Bangladeshi garment manufacturer Writing for BOF

There has been no income from the last few weeks and the situation has left these workers in the most vulnerable situation than ever. These people are mostly migrants, or I should say urban poor, with small income, who live their lives on daily wages with little or no savings. Neither they have money to maintain basic hygiene nor they have the ability to stock up on essentials of living to survive during the pandemic. Many workers and families have started to starve unless someone provides them with food.

A survey of migrant workers found that four out of 10 labourers did not have ration left even for one day and 90 per cent had lost their only source of income over the past three weeks due to the lockdown. – Jan Sahas survey

Now, many families do not have money to afford house rents. Migrants want to move back to their villages, where they have families and roof to live in. Nationwide lockdown amid pandemic has made it worse. Many such workers, in India, set out to walk hundreds of miles to return to their villages, carrying a bagful of essential belongings on backs and kids on shoulders, which includes all age groups, from a 6-month pregnant lady to a 60-year-old man. The situation is getting worse!

No one should come out of their homes. Don’t go out into the streets. Stay at home” — Irshad was living on a footpath in Chandni Chowk. – Economic Times

All I want to say is, while we may be stuck indoors, using social media our voices can still be amplified, and who knows, possibly we can make a difference. Many Brands, employers and governments are coming up and supporting the people who make our clothes during this global crisis.

Let’s support a brilliant initiative by Fashion revolution #WhoMadeMyClothes? And request the fashion brands to protect the workers in their supply chain just as they would do for their employees, especially during this unprecedented global health and economic crisis.

I am doing my bit, are you?

There is much more to be say. But for now, I will sign off. I will continue writing my views and some facts on similar lines.

Till then,

Stay home, stay safe!



Swaying Little Things…!!

Tassels, fringing – if it swishes when you walk, you’ll probably want to snap it up to get in on this fun fashion trend.

It was hot last year, it will be hotter still in this new one! Yes, we’re talking about tassels!

This trend is not a new one, but an oh-so-nice-one! We are awaiting another season in which we are going to embrace the playfulness of fringe. It has a touch of bohemian, tribal and the 70’s . It is an eye-catcher for sure. These little accouter things are unclench  slacked , effortlessly cool and prodigiously fun.

Tassels! Kiss away the days of solely seeing these embellishments hanging from your grandma’s drapes or graduation caps. Tassels have been popping up on nearly every style enthusiast’s Instagram feed, helping reinforce their this season’s must-have accessory list. They may be a mini add-on, but they pack a mighty punch. Personally, I love the way these dangling design elements bring movement to a look while also adding a burst of color. Blowing and oscillating  freely, the extensive  long and flowing loose tassels are the go-to trend to embellish on anything from tops, dresses, jewelry, bags, shoes, earrings to pretty little pumps, decor and more. Consider enhancing  your wardrobe this season with tasseled accessories.

Like its cheerful opposite number  pom-poms, tassels are a jovial and easy way to bring the Fashion element to you. The exotic accouterments lends a bohemian quality to any piece, be it an embroidered linen maxi dress, an ethnic kurta with tassel as an element on hemline or on placket, a long maxi gathered skirt  or a leather cross-body bag. Plus, they’re super frisky. With nearly every step you take, your tassels will swish and sway in delight.

Tassels have been a runway hit all year round and the trend is here to stay. Designers have used it in apparels, shoes, earrings, necklaces; literally in every form. A lot of celebrities are flaunting this trend and there is no reason why you shouldn’t too.

The style is ideal for the weekends, and one way to bring that carefree sensibility to your Monday-to-Friday routine is through your wardrobe, as it is great to twirl around with swaying fringes. These fringe-like pieces are the perfect stand-alone statement, which also alternatively compliment a delicate piece. With a sophisticated colourway, these latest fringe styles are perfect for dressing up and dressing down!

It’s a bold High summer autumn look that’s currently populating high street stores and designer boutiques alike, particularly in the form of holiday kimonos and caftans , but choose your weapons wisely and the pieces you pick up now will see you through next season too. This time you will find more exaggerated version of tassels adding more drama to your look, much longer , much voluminous and colossal; and if it swishes when you walk, you’ll probably want to snap it up to get in on this fun fashion trend.

This retro revival trend is everywhere, from the runway to the red-carpets, and if it’s not yet in your wardrobe, then now is the right time to embrace the gently swaying spectacle drama of tassels.

Well you should have a look at few latest trending extravagant tassel on international runways:


I know I  committed in my last blog that I will get back soon with a List of trendy Ethnic kurta which will break the stereotype in you for Ethnic wear”.   Let’s Explore it soon.

Now, if you are wondering how will you bring tassel fashion into your wardrobe, Let me help you out with the same in my next blog.

Hit the subscribe button to keep yourself updated with the latest fashion trends and check back soon for the “Big reveal” of the Part 2 of this blog – “ Swaying Little Things – Part 2 “










Be Haseen-O- Jamal this Eid with Sharara.

Every year I wait for this day and at last it is here again!! Eid- Ul – fitr.

When I can finally get rid of work and be free to spend time with my family and friends. What I love the most about this occasion is its innate festivity, those cultural vibes, amazingly delicious Muslim/Afghani cuisine and yes! How can I forget the showstopper dress of the day …?

Every girl wants to look glamorous and elegant like no one else ever could.

Well, I have been thinking for quite some time about what to wear this year; and I obviously wanted the “glamorous as well as elegant” wish of mine to come true. After all, it’s EID!!

Finally I have zoned in on a few looks which I can go for. I’m still confused among finalizing one of them although most probably I’ll go with the evergreen Sharara.

Now, I know your first thought would be something along the lines of “Sharara is very traditional” or “It is too old-fashioned. Well yes, a Sharara is a traditional dress worn by the women in Asian countries, but few  classics are too good to be forgotten. Fashion too, is a never-ending cycle in itself. It comes and goes and comes back, albeit with a new version of it.

After a long time, the Sharara has made a grand comeback in fashion in the most fascinating way ever. The origin of this dress can be traced to Lucknow, India as this dress was quite common in the Nawab’s royalty; and being a Lucknowite how can I miss a beat on it?!

Now-a-days, this vintage yet sophisticated dress is infused with a well-bred touch, with a modern adaptation added to it, which recreates the aura of the Mughal period with a contemporary style.

Since there are evolutionary changes in fashion, if you don’t want to wear the typical Sharara, you can team it up with embroidered jackets, off-shoulder tops, crop tops, slit kurtas and a simple piece of jewelry. It is very adaptable and can help you glam up instantly.

Here is a list of the top 10 of the most trending Mix-n-Match ensemble for every Fashionista who never misses a beat. Do share your thoughts about which one did you love the most!!

#Look 1 :

My most favorite ensemble of all.

The net mesh kurta, unlike a basic kurta, with gathered bell sleeves with a robe or a jacket style look.The most amazing part of this look is the bottom – much modified version of Sharara .A ruffled tape on the Sharara without much flare which gives a very smart look to the complete ensemble.

Style it up with kitten heels , a nice simple necklace with a pair of ear rings. And you are ready for the day .


#Look 2 :

Well, if you like to keep it trendy yet simple, then you will absolutely love this look.

A light pastel-shaded short kurta with a tint of Fashion element i.e. a little ruffled bell sleeve.And yes the Pleated Sharara pants give a very smart look to the complete attire.

you can team it up with a simple piece of jewelry with Block Heels with a light make up and  glam up instantly.



#Look 3 :

The look number 3 is perfect for all body types and shapes. This attire will give you a smart, trendy as well as an elegant look .

A short A-line lacy kurta with a hint of Zari work to make it an Occasion wear. It is perfect for those girls who do not want to carry exaggerated sleeves or heavy long garments.

Pair up this kurta with a smart box-pleated Sharara with a little detailing of pearl trims.

Pair this up with a simple bracelet (May be you can try Mia collection by Tanishq, very simple , smart and elegant ) , little pair of  ear rings and Kitten Heels.



#Look 4 :

A smart masterpiece is what it is!! I am sure all of you are going to love it.

How can I miss the beat on Embroidery, the biggest trend of the current times! Everyone is going gaga about embroidery today. Here it is!! The short embroidered kurta, with small detailing at hemlines and sleeves to give your dress a trendy look. To add-on more value or trendy element to the kurta, you can play with the sleeves. Go for a bell sleeve or a cold shoulder with tassels at sleeves and hemlines.

Pair it up with this amazing piece of bottom – “the High and Low Sharara” :* I am in love with this modified version of Sharara. The complete ensemble is a classic , I must say !!

As it High and low bottom go for Ankle Strap heels for footwear and Danglers . Ready to go !!



#Look 5 : Go White .

White closet and Eid go hand in hand. Muslims love to wear white on Eid, and I am up for white anytime be it Eid or any other day. Here is a very urban chic and classy look with a white ensemble.

A short waist length peplum laced kurta, giving a very urban and soft look to the attire with smart slim fit Sharara pants, which look more or less like kick flare pants. Go for a kurta with a little lace and pearl detailing to make it more attractive.

Try a pair of white Block Heels , a pearl ring and pair of pearl white ear ring . Here it ishe ultimate  classy look .



#Look 6 :

This attire is for girls who want a very ethnic-esque simple and Indian girl-next-door look.

Go for a simple straight-fit cotton silk pastel kurta with a little detailing of “gota patti” at hemlines and neck line.

Pair it up with a heavy ruffled and layered Sharara with loud side tassels which is quite in vouge now-a-days.

You can style your ensemble with a simple lightweight dupatta bearing on it a gotta patti detailing and a Zari work Mojiri. And voila, you are ready for Eid!!

#look 7 :

In case you are newly married or there is some grand get-together at your place on the occasion of Eid, which is quite common, you will find this attire perfect for you.

A grand long floor sweeping High and Low Sharara with small detailing through pearls and ruffled lace or alternatively be made with cut work and embroidery.

Now as its bottom is so grand, I would suggest you to go for a simple top wear to pair with it. You can go for a short body-fit tunic. To make it trendy, go for a Halter neck or jewel neck kurta in case you are good with sleeveless. Otherwise, I would suggest keeping the sleeves simple by going for body hugging full sleeves.

Pair it up with a nice pair of High Heels and Jewel up with grand stone ring and stone studs .


#Look 8 :

Velvet . The huge upcoming trend!!

The look two for grand get together  you are going to attend.

A simple Flared Velvet Sharara with placement Zari work at the bottom of the Sharara will give a grand look to the complete attire. Team it up with a net mesh kurta; to make it trendy go for a Halter neck or jewel neck kurta. In case you are not inclined to a sleeveless attire, you can go for bell sleeves but make sure it is not exaggerated   .

Style yourself with black or golden beige pair of heels and a bracelet with a little makeup .


#Look 9 :

Be  a 70’s beauty .

Why not go for a crop top and smart Sharara pants? Go for high waist polka dots Sharara pants and pair it up with a crop top of any length you are comfy with. For the top, I would suggest to try giving some detailing to make it decent and trendy. For example, a turtleneck, or maybe play with sleeves like a bishop sleeve or cold shoulders.

Lastly to give the attire a decent look, style yourself with a long flowing dupatta .



#Look 10 :

This ensemble is apt if you want to keep it very simple, trendy and feminine. Try some pastel colors with lacy short kurtas. To give it a trendy look, you can play with sleeves or neck lines like cold shoulder, bell sleeves , bishop sleeves, and cape sleeves.

For bottom wear, try some variation of Sharara as you can see below from the latest Eid collection by Mubashir Usman. The pleated lacy Sharara pants or mesh patch work at Sharara pants with a knot gives a very feminine look to the complete ensemble. ❤

Kitten heels , A little light pinkish Make up and a cute pair of ear rings and you are done.

mubashir usmar eid collection


So these were the 10 key Sharara looks you can try this Eid and look as glamorous as never before! Get your hands on and have your fun with the classical ethnic wear “Sharara” – The perfect fusion of traditional and modern Fashion Era.

Do update me with which one(s) you liked the most or would love to go for this Eid. Moreover, if you want to get any of these ensemble made, I might be able to help you out with few of them. So, please subscribe  /follow me @ afashionbuff on “Wordpress” Let us know in the comments down below what you thought of the Sharara and this blog, send in your thoughts, requests, suggestions, and support for the debut blogger.

Till then, cya!! Peace and Love to all! Chand Raat Mubarak!!

P.S. – Will get back soon with a new list of trendy Ethnic kurta which will break your stereotypes for Ethnic wear.


Mumtaaz – e – Libas with evolutionary Ethnic Bottom wear

In Today’s Era trend is something everyone wants to be updated in all the time.These days Indian ethnic wear  is stepping in the international market. Indian Fashion world has gone through marvelous  changes in terms of silhouette and outfits.

Ethnic has recently evolved extensively  from prodigious drapes in form of…. Saaris  to half drape saari …. 3 pcs SKD (Salwar kameez dupatta) set to coordinate sets…. Blouse to  short crop tops and on and on.
And if you will notice in all the above makeovers bottom wear has played a really predominant role.

The term Bottom Wear has become a fashion phenomenon of sorts in recent times. More so, with new ideas and experiments by kitschy designers, it is Ethnic bottom wear that has been stealing the limelight now a days.

Continue reading “Mumtaaz – e – Libas with evolutionary Ethnic Bottom wear”

10 ways to Revamp your Ethnic wardrobe with Tassels

Tassels & Fringes – if it swishes when you walk, you’ll probably want to snap it up to get in on this fun fashion trend!

Hey friends, the last blog Swaying Little Things…!! was all about the eye-catching trend with a touch of bohemian, tribal and the 70’s styles: Much longer, voluminous and colossal tassels, adding more drama to your look.

I had also shown you a glimpse of International trend and runways. As I mentioned earlier,

This style is ideal for the weekends, and is one way to bring that carefree sensibility to your Monday-to-Friday routine.

Tassels are a jovial and easy way to bring the Fashion element to you. So don’t just be run-of-the-mill.


“This exotic accouter lends a bohemian grace to any piece in your ethnic wardrobe”

Be it an embroidered  dress, a long maxi dress, or an ethnic kurta with a tassel element on hemline or on placket, they’re full of vim and vigour

Below  are the  10  ways in which you can Revamp your Ethnic Wardrobe with Tassels that inspires closet-envy:

With nearly every step you take, your tassels will swish and sway in delight.

1.Splendid Hemlines :

Go Avante-Garde with the hemline and give yourself a Romanian gypsy look… Let it sway and swish while you walk!!



Mod-up your most elementary of kurtas by adding up colossal contrast tassels and fringes.

Add extensive swaying tassel at hemlines of your kurta and pump its style quotient up a notch!

Below are a few referral images for fringing up your kurta hemlines, giving the ethnic soulless kurta a contemporary Modish look.




2. Undulating  Sleeves :

Come out of those monotonous unexciting sleeves …. Tassel em’ up !!

Be it a regular long full arm-length sleeve or a conventional micro sleeve, you can give it a dapper look by adding a handful of tassels or fringes on the hemline or the edges.

Build up your street-cred through “Statement Sleeves”.




Try adding voluminous and colossal fringes.

Get your hands on some long fringes or tassels anywhere from an inch to 3+ in length, add them up to the sleeve line, and experience the glamour.

Let’s take a glance at at few reference images talking loudly and boldly about tassel on sleeves; and Believe me, they are worth it !!






3. Ice-breaking Plackets : 

Play with plackets … break the tedium by affixing a handful extravagant tassel accessories to your elementary kurta.



Placket kurta is exceptionally in vogue.

Every ethnic enthusiast has bunch of  placket kurtas in their wardrobe. So why not give your dowdy kurta a modish look altogether?


Accessorize placket buttons with a few voluminous colossal tassels and make them look as voguish as never before!




4. Tying the Knot : Robes 

Robe looks are more or less like a wrap around kurtas. Angarakha is one of its traditional word.



As fusion is the new rage now-a-days, designers have experimented a lot with traditional ethnic  wear fusing them with western silhouettes, “Redefining Ethnic”.

This amalgamated version of customary Angarakha and westernized Wrap-around fashion is now “Robe or Wrap Kurta”.

It can be a counterfeit “mock- up  robe”, “a belt tied on gown”, “or an actual Angarakha – Wrap Around kurta“.



The common thing is that they all need belts to wrap and tie the kurta on your body.
Aha !! Belts – here is a scope!

Accessorize and Mod your tie-ups with diverse versions of astounding tassels: compact, hefty, giant, voluminous layered tassel strings!

Try to add up 5-6 tassel strings giving a voluminous and charismatic look to the complete garment.

Be your own designer!! Below are a few references for tasseling up your robes. Do try at-least one of them!!





5. Front Panel Detailing – Tiny trims 🙂 

Now the term Front Panel Detailing might sound too complex and technical. No fret fam!! Let us unfold the term in easy-peasy words, if you can tassel up your kurta on plackets, belts, and edges, then why not have them unabridged on the entire body of the costume?



You can add up tassels anywhere and everywhere on your costume, and we assure you it will definitely end up with a voguish attire.

It’s a fun trend! Let your tassel vim and vigor on your dress!

Cull out any mundane kurta /Dress from your wardrobe, be it a straight fit, an A-line kurta, or a long-flared maxi dress, and start playing with the possibilities!

Not only international, but Indian designers also have tried and it’s worth it.

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6. Tassel it up all over you  !!

No Rocket science, no tedious efforts, no use of brainpower … Just do it !! Place the colorful or an ice breaking color all over the body of the Kurta or your dress.


I know it looks utterly experimental, but that’s what fashion is all about, isn’t it? Look different, look good !!

Just 4 Steps to be Modish  :

  1. Pick up any basic Kurta.
  2. Take any contrast color tassel  of  any size you think would fit in.
  3. Stitch the same all over the kurta without much effort.
  4. Make sure the pattern doesn’t look odd and try to be proportional so as to maintain a little uniformity, else it could come out to be a boo- boo.   😉  😛

And its ready …. aesthetic, effortless, Bohemian and voguish!! Let’s have a glace at few referral images :




7. The Right Placement : 

Asymmetric hems, hanker-chief silhouettes, pockets, cut and slits are extremely in vogue these days and we are sure every girl has one in her wardrobe.

Try exploring your asymmetric hemlines and pockets with hefty, colossal, and fancy contrast tassels – and make your tedious dress look exciting!

Add up a voluminous tassel on the edges of your kurta hemlines to disintegrate the monotony. The overall look will be more enhanced if you go for high and low or Asymmetric hemline kurtas.

In case you are middle-of-the-road kind of person, want to keep it voguish but easy, straight-up go for this!



8 . The Exquisite Tie-ups : 

Tie-ups are so girly and trendy. Make tie-up kurtas more flowy by adding long tie up endless tassels. Tie-ups can fit in at sleeves, shoulders, side slit or layered slit of kurta.



 Make your tie-ups more awe-inspiring, more sensational and extended hanging or draping loosely and gracefully.

Use 4 – 5 – 7 – 10  as many twine you want to use for your  tie ups. Just take care as not everyone can handle tie ups 😉





9 . The Awestruck Back : 

Back detailing and neckline trapping is a big forthcoming trend. It’s a must-have for the coming season! Why not make your soulless dress /  kurta modish by accessorizing its back with vibrant tassels hanging loosely and gracefully.


It’s easy to do, effortless, and very much to-be praised.





10 . Fanciable Necklines  : 

The trend is something with which we deal in our day today wardrobe. Neckline trappings can be small but adequate to elevate the most ordinary piece into a trend talker.

You can add up tassels at neckline of your garment be a basic knot at neck line, handful  gracefully draped tie ups or just as a decorative trim on necklines of different shapes  , colors and sizes.

Lets have a glance at this Awe-inspiring adorable trend  :





We are sure you will like to try few of them or place at-least one of them in your wardrobe.

Try it on !! It’s never too late to be trendy! And let me know which one you would like to try on your basic kurta.

In case you have doubts … Where to get these tassel from? Well it’s easily available at any local trim shop and even online. Well to make your life easy, Please find the Bio link here:

Amazon : https://www.amazon.in/Creative-Handmade-tassels-earring-different/dp/B01NBYVT2K/ref=pd_sbs_201_13?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RDVTHZ6NVE3437DAF1NT

Ali Express ( for wholesale ) : https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-silk-tassels.html

And if you can’t find the color and size you are looking for, no need to get disappointed. It’s easy to DIY. I prefer to make it on my own .

 BIO link for DIY of tassel:   https://sewguide.com/make-tassels/

Do post me with the images of your DIY. I will be posting my DIY to you soon …!! 😀  

Send in the good words and don’t forget to hit the like button on my  page .

Until the next time… Stay trendy, stay stylish ! 🙂

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