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An exhibition with excellence
They just travelled a lot. Wrote about the people they met. Took pictures of what they saw. It is difficult to identify their activities into any specific genre. This tiny group of bohemians prefer to call themselves as " Ei banglai".
Hanging around Bangladesh, they have come across many people and their interesting diversified lifestyle. In one of their tours at Kakran, Savar, they have met the almost extinct people whose livelihood is pottery. At Paikosha of Shirajgong they have met the weavers working on their handloom, making bright, vivid, colourful Gamsa's.
They were bemused to see how these people created the wonders and felt sad at the same time that this wonderful heritage is on the verge of extinction. Potters and weavers are leaving their ancestral occupation because their items are no longer the popular choice and they can barely feed their families with the little amount of money they earn.
of the revival of our lost heritage, potentiality of a fusion in between
these work, artistry, and fashion, these ideas had crossed their mind
Shubhash Pal asked them to apply certain tricks. He advised them to melt the mud with water first then strain it, dry it before using and to increase the temperature of the furnace to a certain level while burning the product. It worked like a magic spell. Potters of Kakran made tea sets, glass sets, bowl sets, and half plates. The experiment turned out to be a success.
"Ei banglai" now wants to go beyond the experiment level. If you want to see the amazing work of art, here is your chance. "Ei banglai" will share their thoughts on our lost heritage and exhibit their experiment from 20th to 22nd November.
They also wanted to bring out other almost extinct items into the limelight again. So they have brought Gamsa from Shirajgonj and made classy outfits out of it, which includes Shalwar-kameez, fatua for men and women and more.
The exhibition titled, "Abar ashibo feere" will also display clay ornaments, khadi wares, Tangail taat, and pinon made by Chakma women of Rangamati.
To adhere to the main theme of their idea they have made short films about these materials and their creators. Short films Matir pinjira and Nasti will be shown at 9:30am on the first day of the exhibition. Renowned film maker Tareq Masud will discuss about the short film right after its display.
The three-day exhibition will be held at WVA auditorium at Dhanmondi Road.27, and it will be open from 9am in the morning till 10pm at night.
Fashion Studio now in Dhaka
After completing her education at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in India, designer Shahina Nizam Paru opened her fashion house in Chittagong in 2001. Her dream is to create a bond between our traditional outfits with the world fashion.
Their wide range of products includes panjabi, fatua, shalwar-kameez, saree and lehenga. Girl's collection is mainly on georgette and silk with starlets, dollar, and embroidery adornment. Sarees are also of georgette. Their lehenga made with jamdani is a nice inclusion in this Eid's fashion trend.
Panjabi collection includes exclusive silk panjabi that are cut in sherwani and prince coat style and embellished with karchupi embroidery. Fatua is mostly on khadi with embroidery and they are suited for both men and women. The showroom is situated at 258/B, New Elephant road.
introduces its latest collection of exclusive shalwar kameezes
The latest collection from Aarong is a perfect blend of tradition and style. A collection that epitomises true femininity, it speaks of unusual colour co-ordination while striking a perfect balance between ethnicity and modernity. The collection is defined exclusive because of the very few number of pieces that has been tailored for each design. Taking inspiration from the rich heritage of "Jamdani", "Kantha" and various indigenous embroidery techniques, this range unveils modern silhouettes in crepe, silk, endi, dupin and muslin. These fabrics are embellished that are cut in surface textures such as pin-tucks, pleats and hand appliqué work. A bit of dazzle is added in the form of starlets or badla. Classical embroidery and adornments such as antique zardozi, erri, Kashmiri, and Manikganj hand embroidery creates a stirring effect on these kameezes. The colours are vibrant, ranging from myriad blue to luscious red, gorgeous pink to kohl black and many more. The exclusive line is available at Aarong in Gulshan and Dhanmondi only.
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