Open Access Research Article

Fashion of Indigenous People in Bangladesh: Exploring Traditional Clothing Process of Chakma Tribe

Tanjena Mahbub1, S M Minhus2* and Tao Hui2*

1Department of Fashion Design & Technology, Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology, Bangladesh

2College of Fashion, Wuhan Textile University, China

Corresponding Author

Received Date: August 23, 2021;  Published Date: September 07, 2021


In Bangladesh, one of the largest tribal communities is known as the ‘Chakma’. Tribal fashion and its trend depend on their culture, language, religion, and tradition, which are identical for an ethnic person or group. Tribal clothing may range from a single piece to an entire outfit of artifacts that identify the person as a representative of a certain tribe. Ethnic or tribal people not only belong to a unique culture but also have different tastes in design and dresses. Tribal fashion is a traditional style that represents a culture and allows one to celebrate their heritage and origin. Chakma’s natural environment is vibrant, as seen thru their artisan work, especially costumes. This Chakma community has followed a very traditional way of weaving to make their attire. Chakma women and men dress in a variety of colorful outfits/attire, as well as carnival costumes and robes. Therefore, this study focuses to explore the traditional process of tribal textile, costumes from their artwork, and cultural values.

Keywords:Bangladeshi tribal; The Chakma; Ethnic costume; Textile process; Cultural values

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