First total recycled textile fashion brand launched in Dhaka

Published : 16 Mar 2023 09:13 PM

Re/DRESS, designed and made in Bangladesh, is available as of 15 March at FRIENDSHIP COLOURS OF THE CHARS, YELLOW and soon at the TAAGA shop-in-shop inside Aarong Tejgaon multi-brand outlet. 

Re/DRESS is a unisex collection made from soft, breathable woven and knit textile produced in Bangladesh from plastic bottles and cotton waste.

Re/DRESS is a social enterprise—all profits promote responsible fashion.The brand has been designed to promote Bangladesh as one of the largest cotton recycling hubs in the world. Re/DRESS works with local recycling and garment factories willing to push the limits of cotton recycling to produce proof-of-concept textiles. Textiles must be made from as close to 100% recycled fibre as possible (some textiles may have 5% or less non-recycled fibre) and at least 40% recycled cotton.  This is blended with recycled polyester, some of which comes from recycled PET bottles. Simple lines, neutral colours and a comfortable fit ensure these clothes won’t go out of style, can be dressed up or worn casually, and are perfect for a Dhaka summer.

The designers borrowed from the South Asian silhouette, and came up with a minimal, very contemporary collection for all ages.

“Catastrophic climate change means we must support recycling; I also like Re/DRESS because it’s for all ages and genders,” says Ridy Sheikh, artist/choreographer/content creator and a supporter of Re/DRESS.

“I am concerned about where my clothes come from and want to make responsible choices,” says Jahidul Islam, a textile technology student who leads the Re/DRESS volunteer team.