Galician fast fashion retailer Zara is selling a lungi-style skirt for £69.99 British pounds or approximately S$129. The garment, which is described as a “check mini skirt”, bears a striking resemblance to the sarong typically worn by men in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand and Myanmar among other nations.
Unlike traditional sarongs which come in a variety of patterns and colours, the skirt sold on Zara only comes in the brown check pattern. The retailer describes the item as such on their UK online store: “flowing skirt with draped detail in the front, slit detail at the hem. Zip fastening in the back hidden along the seam.”
While the item is not yet available for purchase in Singapore, similar looking garments can be easily purchased for much much cheaper at stores in the Asian subcontinent. A quality lungi costs between S$10-S$20 in Asian subcontinent– a sizeable S$100 cheaper than the Zara version.