Flared skirts & patterned slings: Creating a niche in fashion

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Tashi Zangmo popularly known as Wangpe Tashi is a 30 year old fashion designer creating waves in the Bhutanese fashion industry.

A young, upcoming fashion designer in the country, her eyes are set on redefining popular female fashion. Known for her unique designs among the youngsters, Tashi is a mother of one and her love for fashion and designingwas nurtured from a young age, shaping her brand in a number of ways.

Having no professional training, she drew inspiration from her mother who has been into the textile business for years.

From colorful intricately patterned slings to flared skirts made of Bhutanese textiles, Tashi believes in giving a Bhutanese touch to her outfits, which has transformed the way young girls dress up.

Her journey into the world of fashion and designing started since 2013 while her interest in designing was sparked by her mother. “Otherwise,I studied business management. With help from my mother I was able to learn what I know today,” she said.

“I don’t weave but I design the patterns and create the color combinations for the products. I learned this from my mother,” she added.

Together with her mother, Tashi has been designing and selling kiras for years and the mother-daughter duo havewon awards at the Royal Textile Academy design competition last year.

She was the only female designer who went to Colombo, Sri Lanka to advertise her designs at the SAARC handicraft exhibition in 2016 with five males.

Her stylish colored slings are the most popular product among young girls. She plans to graduate to creating patterns and designs for the gho soon.However, right now her focus is on women wear.

Juggling between motherhood and career, she has not been able to focus much on her work but she said when her son who is still an infant is older, she will concentrate on career. As of now, she wants to be a mother full time though during leisure, she works on her designs and color combinations.

She owns a shop in the craft bazaar has employed a sales girl to run the shop.

She graduated in 2010 from Hindustan College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu

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