The boutique business has recently grown by bounds and leaps. There
have been major developments. It becomes evident the moment you step
out from your house. Invariably you will spot the artistic calligraphy
on a fancy signboard. The living room of a flat, the garage or even
the tiny space below a staircase easily accommodates a neat little shop.
First impressions can be quite amazing when you vaguely glimpse the
handmade dresses through the sliding glass doors. It's a pretty sight
of neatly displayed outfits. It's heartwarming to think that our country's
fashion industry has achieved an impressive goal. Disappointment often
hits hard when you walk through the sliding doors. Except for one or
two pieces in the forecourt most consist of repetitive designs. What
assails your sight is an array of the same old block printed and hand
painted designs. There is a major lack of innovation or expressive artwork.
There is a similar slump in the quality of the fabrics as well. As a
result these become a sort of one-time use outfit no matter what the
price paid by customers. It is just not possible to wear such types
of dresses on a regular basis.
Inexpensive Indian outfits are also sold off as local items whether
they are saris or salwars. Everything is a faç
ade. There is a continual inauguration of a brand new boutique which
introduces new fashion designers. Although it is a good indication for
the local cloth industry what haunts is the underlying duplicity. Displaying
large quantities does not automatically guarantee quality. This is the
opinion of most noted designers and creators. New shops are coming up
just about everywhere. Most of the owners have at one time or other
worked as an employee or supplier for famous designers. Later they open
up their own shops based on that experience. The problem lies in mass
copying of the old designs and reproducing them on cheap low quality
fabrics to create a large market. So what's the result? Customers get
neither quality nor any form of innovation in terms of style. They put
on the same old dresses day in day out.
New designers are graduating from the large number of fashion institutes
in the country. The gifted show their skills in their output. The rest
have the tried old technique of copying from the masters. The copying
often extends to not only the outfits but also to the labels. Cheated
and dissatisfied customers are the outcome.
In this day and age of the rat race everyone has to survive in business
against stiff competition with others. But that does not mean willfully
tarnishing the image of a profession by mindlessly creating copies.
If only the amount of effort spent copying was channeled toward personal
designs, plenty of creativity would shine through. This should be the
goal of all those associated with the fashion industry. That way the
customers would get relief from the monotony and the industry could
achieve its desired target image.
Translated By Ehsanur Raza Ronny
new Gulshan outlet
for a place that offers you an exclusive range of trendy and fashionable
clothing? Well, here's a place to start: Anokhi has just reopened another
outlet. Located in House 13, Road 108, Gulshan 2, right opposite the
Bon Chid nursery (behind the Wonderland amusement park), this boutique
offers a wide range of fashionable women's wear, and starting from its
opening on July 5, a new range for men and for children, as well as
is the brainchild of Humaira Khan, who began designing and creating
women's wear since 1989, shortly after her graduation. What initially
started as a hobby, designing exclusive outfits for a few, soon became
a business venture, and Ms. Khan went on to become one of the pioneers
of the single-day exhibitions that are the lifeblood of such boutiques.
offers a wide range of trendy women's wear, which includes salwar kameez,
sari, and fatuahs. The focus is on Indo-Western blends, in tune with
the growing demands for easy-to-wear clothing. What makes the Anokhi
label stand out is the use of dazzling color combinations and unusual
cuts, which is bound to brighten up any wardrobe. There is also a small
range of men's kurtas, and household items like bed covers and tablecloths.
items available might be a tad bit on the pricey side, though. The fatuas
cost from anything between Tk 150-1500; cotton saris cost Tk 1200, cotton
kameezes range from Tk 1000-2200, while the starting price for exclusive
formal wear is Tk 2500. The starting price for men's kurtas is Tk 2500
you're willing to pay a little more to look glamorous, then Anokhi is
definitely worth a look-see.
Sabrina F. Ahmad
Women's World now
UAE market Banani, Women's World is now in Dhanmondi. The new branch
started its journey on the 29th June. Amidst friends and well-wishers
the opening ceremony took place.
Women's World is the effort of beautician Taslima Choudhury, who is
a graduate from Woman's World International School of Shahnaz Hossain,
India on beauty care and exercise. She also has a diploma from the UK.
Taslima started her first herbal clinic in 1994. She trained her own
set of beauticians for the parlour, which enables her to apply her own
ideas of beauty and skin care.
The speciality of this parlour is fashion make-up for models, bridal
make-up and special skin care treatment. Skin care treatment includes
Electro Therapy (ultrasonic therapy, steamer, vibrator, ozone etc,),
treatments for acne, scars, rashes, wrinkles, dryness, pigmentation
etc. The parlour also offers professional beauty care training.
Herbal products such as beauty packs, herbal hair oil and uptaan, prepared
by Taslima herself are sold in the parlour. She first started to prepare
these products in small amounts a few years back. Later it became a
favourite among her clients and she had to increase the production.
The name of the product is Botanix. Apart from their own products, the
parlour also uses Shahnaz Herbal products for skin care treatment.
In ancient times, herbal resources were the only instruments available
for skin care and beautification. The advent of chemical products took
over for a while but herbs are back again. It is also the intention
of Women's World to revive the natural world.
The Dhanmondi branch of Women's World is situated on the first floor
of Ambala Complex, Road # 2, beside Rifles Square.
with three times more conditioner now in stores!
Hair Institute, Paris has committed itself to discovering the best possible
Sunsilk for haircare. They have now created Super Conditioning Sunsilk.
This new shampoo is supposed to have three times more conditioner, to
make hair softer, shinier and more manageable.
Each of the variants have special ingredients, suiting specific hair
New Sunsilk Extra Shine Shampoo contains Sunflower Extracts, to bring
back shine to dull lifeless hair. This variant is available in 200 and
100 ml bottles and in 7 ml sachets. New Sunsilk Silky soft shampoo contains
lotus extracts. Available in 200 ml bottles and in 7ml sachet it helps
in making hair tangle free, soft and silky. New Sunsilk moisturizing
Anti Dandruff Shampoo contains citrus and jojoba extracts to get rid
of dandruff completely and its moisturizer should leave every strand
of hair soft and silky. This is now available in 200 and 100 ml bottles.
This year Sunsilk adds a new product to it's line, Sunsilk Ginseng.
Ginseng is supposed to penetrate deep within the hair, making it strong
and preventing split ends. This is available in 200 ml bottles.
The New Sunsilk is now available in a wider range of packs. Starting
from the 200 ml pack for 110 taka, to the 100 ml pack for 55 taka and
onto the 7 ml pack for only 2 taka.
true taste of Asia
8 pieces of chicken breasts (boneless)
2 tblspns of ginger paste
2 tblspns of garlic paste
1 tspn of white pepper powder
Salt as per taste
½ cup of cheese grated
4 green chillies
¼ tspn of mace powder
¼ tspn of nutmeg powder
2 tblspns of chopped coriander leaves
1/2 cup of fresh cream
1 cup mango pulp or freshly squeezed mango
Butter for basting
Cut chicken breasts into two-inch cubes. Apply ginger paste, garlic
paste, white pepper powder and salt to the chicken cubes and keep
Mash the cheese to make it into a smooth paste. Add Finely chopped
green chillies, mace powder, nutmeg powder, coriander leaves and salt.
Add egg and mix well. Add chicken to the cheese mixture. Then add
fresh cream and mix delicately. Keep in the refrigerator for about
two to three hours.
Put chicken onto the skewers and cook in a moderately hot tandoor
or a pre-heated oven (200 degrees Celsius) until it is just cooked
and slightly coloured.
Apply a little butter for basting and cook for another two minutes
till chicken is fully cooked.
A Big Bite?
Go To Big Bite!
a big bite to eat? I suggest that you go to Big Bite. Yes, if you
are wondering, it is that ominous place (at least I thought) behind
tinted doors in Hatirpool sandwiched between Hallmark and Eastern
Plaza. Trust me the big red glaring signboard is such that you can't
miss it. Although Big Bite was born right after Eastern Plaza, it
was only last Wednesday that I ventured in. My aunt had always recommended
it and now I know why.
As I stepped in I was taken aback. This joint is not one of those
cramped up popular places where you have to fight old people to get
a seat. It's very, and I mean very spacious. The walls are adorned
with haphazard pictures of Elvis, James Dean, those cute Hallmark
black and whites and Garfield posters. What caught my attention was
the black and white chequered floor. Most of the black was worn out
due to continuous use. It certainly has a discothè
que look with overhead spotlight things and so on. They have a regular
food bar from which you can order readymade food like wrapped sandwiches
and such. And for the bigger, badder bites there is an inside kitchen.
I highly recommend the chicken cheese club sandwich and the chocolate
What big bite needs is a facelift because the interiors are getting
really worn down. Other than that the food's good and it's a great
place to hold a party if you can book it with all that space just
So for your next big bite, go to Big Bite! Bon Appetite!