Vol. 5 Num 630 Tue. March 07, 2006  

Shilu Abed award'06 distributed

To highlight and showcase the rich traditional crafts of Bangladesh, the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB) awarded five craftspersons the Shilu Abed Craft Award 2006 at the BRAC Inn in Dhaka on March 5. The prizes aim to encourage the creation of new models, promote quality goods and develop the ties between craft and design. This prize is awarded annually to deserving craftspersons in Bangladesh. Ornament (in gold and grass) was the subject of this year's award.

Gonesh Karmokar of Keranigonj received the award for best craftsmanship for gold filigree craftwork. He has worked at Oasis Jewellers as a craftsperson since 2002. KSH Chawton of Maulvibazar, Ramkrishno Kormokar of Tangail, Abir Das of Dhaka and Dilip Karmokar of Tangail received special awards.

Shilu Abed, a pioneer in this arena, helped organise the craftspersons. After her death on April 23, 1997, the Shilu Abed Memorial Trust was formed which introduced the award in 1998.

Executive director of Shilu Abed Best Craft Trust, Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury distributed the prizes and certificates among the winners. He recalled the contribution of Shilu Abed to the development of crafts.

At the event, the chief guest Chowdhury said, "The NCCB has been promoting crafts both in the local as well as foreign markets. But it badly needs coordinated efforts from the craftspeople and the organisations working to remove obstacles for them. The government has an important role to play, especially in removing obstacles to export and supporting product development."

Chairperson of the NCCB, Munira Emdad, general secretary of NCCB Shahid Hossain Shamim and speakers from various fields of crafts also participated in the event.

The vice president of NCCB, Taurem Robin said, "The most important thing is setting policies for marketing whatever our artisans are producing. Their products were desirable once and now we have newer products too, as in the case of Tangail saris. Newer designs are being introduced to lure buyers."

Later the chief guest inaugurated an exhibition of ornaments at the BRAC Inn. The exhibition brought together the best representative ornament pieces from all over the country. Abir Das's grass craft ornaments drew considerable attention.

Abir Das (L) receives the award from A Muyeed Chowdhury