India lately banned 59 Chinese apps. Out of those had been extraordinarily standard apps like TikTok, Likee, Camscanner and UC Browser. While the main target has been solely on TikTok customers, one other faction of the inhabitants is upset, specifically younger ladies who shopped from fashionable but reasonably priced apps like Shein and Club Factory.
“Shein definitely changed the fashion game in India. In our society, clothes are symbolic of a person’s status and class. Shein provided a mobility and fluidity to the people of marginalised background to transgress the elitist ideals of clothing. Fashion is always seen as a trickle down from the elite to the marginalised, however the exuberant costs kept many from being able to own the latest fashion trends. Shein made fashion affordable for all,” says Shreya Singh, a scholar of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
“I personally used to go through their website and not the app, they have a variety of colours and types and the best thing is they were cheap. The quality of the clothes were not up to the mark but I guess women care about quantity more than the quality so just the price mattered,” says Nandinee Goswami, an engineer based mostly in Mumbai.
Shein was additionally recognized for its inclusion of trendy plus-size clothes. “I really feel dejected. It was my common go to style app and I’m a really trendy particular person. It’s form of my life-style. I felt included because of the “plus” dimension class and the form of clothes they’ve for plus-sized folks. It made me be ok with my physique seeing the plus dimension fashions. It was an important confidence booster. I by no means thought a buying app can be emotionally essential too,” says singer-songwriter Darshana Kashyap from Assam.
Will Indian manufacturers show to be a greater various to a Shein or a Club-Factory? “There are alternatives but their original fashion products are so bad. I personally wouldn’t recommend,” says Sneha Choudhury, a scholar of M.A. in Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Delhi based mostly journalist Aakansha Malia agrees that whereas Shein catered to the faculty going city inhabitants, the ban will make us shift our consideration to indie-brands.
“Shien was a great option for all college-going, meager income people who would wear those Zara and Mango rip-offs in half its price. It brought a big change in the fashion game and it became reachable for all,” she says.
“However, better late than never, we will be coerced to shift to more viable indie brands. Yes it will take time and a sea of change in our attitudes to invest in something for the long run and not for the one party we had to attend on the weekend,” she concludes.
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