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Shakh's Eid Collection

IF you want to go for a touch of glitter and glam this Eid, you're in for a real treat. Shakh, an old name in the boutique-fashions business, is bringing out an exclusive Eid Collection.
Designer Ayesha Nizamuddin has been involved in fashion designing for a long time now. A long-time shakh, or hobby (hence the name of the boutique) began to take the form of a business venture sometime in the early 80's and she's been going strong ever since.

This Eid, the focus is on short kameez teamed up with churidars, in a look that's become pretty popular elsewhere in the Subcontinent. There will be a lot of cotton and block-printed pieces, but the Eid collection centres around silk; raw silk, crepe, balaka silk, and soft silk embellished with sequins, embroidery and dye-work.

The outfits are pretty ornate, mostly party wear, as opposed to casual wear. There is also a collection of fatuas with shade-work and sequins for the younger age groups. Other than the special collection, there are also the usual Shakh items, which include sari, casual wear, shoes, bags and jewellery; in other words, everything you need to complete an outfit.

The Eid collection will be featuring a play of bright colours against a backdrop of white or black or both. The kameezes will range from Tk 700-5000. The exclusive fatuas range from Tk 500-1000. So, if you want to splurge on something fancy this Eid, for that glitzy touch, head on to Shakh. It is located at Gazi Bhaban, 41 Nayapaltan, VIP Road. Be prepared to be dazzled, for as their brochure states, they have designs on you.

By Sabrina F. Ahmad

Safa's Collection

IN this Eid, you must be looking forward to buying an exclusive and unmistakably fashionable outfit. For young girls, shalwar kameez always tops the chart of most wanted clothing. So check out Safa's Collection this Eid and celebrate your favourite festival in style. Safa's is a concern, which is run by Khadiza Rahman Litu. Unlike other dress designers Litu has arranged her sales facility at her own home and has been making eye-catching dresses for fashion-conscious young women for the past seven years.

At Safa's, you can obtain different varieties of salwar kameezes, from block prints on textiles like cotton and georgette, to gorgeous outfits adorned with chumki and beautiful embroidered kameezes created on hand woven fabric (taat). Litu has always endeavoured to promote our local materials and the craftsmanship of our weavers and tailors. Her main focus has been to shift the Bangladeshi customer's attention from Indian outfits to apparel made so dextrously by our local craftspeople.

On the occasion of the upcoming Eid, Litu has stressed on colours like magenta, maroon, blue, yellow and orange. You can purchase block-printed cotton kameezes within Tk.1000 to Tk.1200. Georgette kameezes with block prints and embroidery will cost you Tk.1700 to Tk.2500. Kameezes created from hand-woven fabric with fine embroidery are available at Tk.1500 to Tk.1800. However, if you are looking forward to buying a splendid outfit this Eid then opt for the ones trimmed with chumki and lovely sequins; these dress are priced from Tk.2600 to Tk.4500.

Another interesting fact is that at Safa's 50% of a dress is stitched, the rest of a dress is sewed according to the purchaser's body measurement. Isn't it wonderful? So gone are the days when an oversized kameez has to be submitted at the mercy of your tailor to get a decent appearance.
So, check out Safa's Collection to get hold of a really chic kameez to pep up this year's Eid spree.
Address: 5th Floor, House#29, Road#4, Block-F, Banani, Dhaka. Ph#9895446

By Wara Karim

Jabeens...capturing the elegance and spirit of modern classic women

IN the midst of thousands of salwar kameez boutiques and stores, one fashion arena that truly stands out in Dhaka today is the Jabeens fashion house. The range of salwar kameez from Jabeens represents a unique standard of elegance and embodies the spirit and modernity of classic women. In fact, if you are planning to wear something hot and trendy with a dab of classic touch for this Eid, you absolutely MUST visit Jabeens.

The story of Jabeens is rather unique. Established in 1995 in Banani, Jabeens began as a haute couture venture between a mother and daughter. Rupa Farhad and her daughter Monami Islam are ardent designers who loves to bring forth new trends blending it with fine materials, silk embroideries and rich colors to suit the fashion mode of Bangladesh and abroad. Lately, Jabeens has been into the limelight in United States more so than Dhaka. They have been part of several fashion shows and displays in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Their exquisite range of salwar kameez selection has made a whopping hit in New York, DC, Virginia, Atlanta to Houston and Dallas. Jabeens' fashion and couture resembles a lot of cross-cultural style between India and Pakistan. They have recently moved to Gulshan and is showcasing their most recent exuberant collection of Eid Arrivals from November 15th and onwards.
House-31, Road-123,Gulshan-1, Dhaka













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