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For a house of haute couture, Jatra is startlingly minimalist. This is a classic Bengali store without the chintz, the overstuffed couches and lace sheers. The hall is brightly lit, full of warm tones and vibrant colours, and the enchanting sounds of the flute, dotara and dhol create an uplifting mood.
As you walk into the store the traditional culture of Bangladesh is laid out before you. You are greeted with a welcoming ambience and brightly painted coloured pictures on various walls. The interior of the shop is very tastefully decorated as well. The occasional use of green plants here and there gives the whole place a very fresh and an attractive look.
The shop is owned by Anushe Anadil, vocalist of Bangla - one of the popular bands of our country. This talented lady has made major contributions to all the works that are seen around the shop. Milita, who is also an artistic young lady, also shows her interesting works through the imaginative styled garments that are available at this place. The office of this place is named Charuta, and from outside the shop this is the name that you are going to see.
The uniqueness of Jatra comes from its very own hand-made fabrics and textiles. It promises its customers trendy outfits made of fabrics like jamdani, khadi, tie-dye, the traditional block print and many more. I was particularly attracted by the sight of the light pink jamdani tops and tie-dye kurtas that can go well with jeans or any black trousers. These garments come in various sizes to make shopping easier for its customers. Jatra mainly deals with fabrics in earthy tones and bright colours like red, yellow, dark blue etc. The attractive kameezes come between Tk 1000 to about TK 1400 and the kurtas and tops range between TK 250 to TK 600. The artists in this shop are so innovative that even pieces of cloth like gamcha are very imaginatively utilized. It was actually very surprising to see how the traditional gamcha was used in making bags and even lamp shades.
As you walk through the shop the beautiful seating arrangement suddenly catches your eye. On one side of the hall is a wooden floor and sprawled on it are seat cushions that come in colourful tie and dye fabrics. Among these seats wooden tools with attractive painted tops are arranged with lamps here and there. These are also for sale and the whole arrangement creates a very lively look. The use of dried flowers and jute mats is very significant in this shop and the powerful language of art and culture is reflected in every nook and corner of this place. We believe all of you who visit this shop will definitely love the hanging lampshades that come in various shapes and colours, and which hang in one room. The frames of these lamps are typically wooden and the cloths that are used as covers are either tie-and-dye or floral prints.
The other artifacts that you are going to find in this shop are clay diyas that come in various shapes and sizes, hurricane lanterns that cost about Tk 180, cane trays and jewelry boxes that cost about Tk 195, foot shaped ashtrays that come at affordable prices, jute bags and mirror-fitted bags which are about Tk 180. Even the dikkha pots that are crafted and supplied from Modhupur of Tangail are simply amazing to look at. You can even get beautiful clay jewelry which are as cheap as Tk. 50, and the wooden and beaded necklaces that come in various attractive hues such as orange, maroon, and aquamarine, will leave you totally spellbound. The other commodities that are found are pen holders, seashells, candles which cost about Tk. 300, photoframes, attractive candle-stands and what-not. You name it and its there.
- the journey of craft is actually a museum of craft and culture. That's
because even the colourful dupatas that are used as curtains speak the
language of Bangla. So you get the essence of our land wherever you
look. The place guarantees its customers can view and enjoy the splendid
exhibition of textiles and fabrics. Basically, Jatra tries to create
an awareness of the richness and diversity of the Bangladeshi culture
in the hope that people will be inspired and act as catalysts in motivating
other people to enjoy and preserve the rich heritage of this country.
The place is located in Kamal Atarturk Avenue on the third floor of
a red brick building beside the Banani lake.
By Sarah Zermin Huq
antique jewellery caskets
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