BAIWA brand

Cheap Asian fabric killing PNG designers

“We don’t really have a market anymore,” says Natasha Tamanabae, an emerging designer in the local scene.

Tamanbae’s Baiwa brand started off with her popular shoe range and has successfully matured into a fashion line including outfits.

But describing it from the designers view, the struggle is real.

Tamanabae says fabric is one of the most difficult things to find here in PNG.

“Major factor affecting our growth is because we cannot find the right material to use for our dresses so we have to order it overseas,” she says.

Platform set to promote local designers

Following from the Project Runway on July 30 that saw 10 local designers stage 71 outfits, the PNG Fashion week on August 20 will feature seven local designers.

From a designers view, these events are blessings as described by Natasha Tamanabae of Elite Fashion Club.

Tamanabae is an upcoming designer who has been making a name in the industry with her unique BAIWA brand and using these platforms to promote her brand.

“We need a platform, a place where we can sell our staff and also be recognised and also to promote PNG.