haute couture comes
fashion show by "Sozpodor", held recently at the Saffron
Garden Restaurant, arranged by Nahid Osman and Kanak Chanpa Chakma,
was certainly worth watching. Those who have known Nahid and Kanak
long enough were sure that the outcome of their joint ventures along
with Tenzing Chakma and SK Rahman (Symon) the designer, would sure
be a successful venture. And it was, without doubt. Both Nahid and
Kanak are well-known in town for their sophisticated taste and their
choice of haute couture apparel and accessories.
the four-- Tenzing, Symon, Nahid and Kanak -- presented was something
new and fresh. The colours were scintillating, and the cuts were laudable.
The models had been chosen with care and carefully groomed. The effort
certainly deserved accolades for steeping into the fashion world with
so much of guts and go. All in all, the show was admirable.
with Tenzing and Symon at a press conference arranged at Kanak's Dhanmondi
residence, Tenzing said that he had been involved with fashion designing
for five years, working with indigenous fabrics. Asked how he had
gone in for haute couture in a place like Bangladesh, where normally
young men venture out to conventional channels
of careers, Tenzing said that he had wanted to enter the Fine Arts
Department DU in 1996. However his marks were not good enough for
the entry and consequently he veered off into this line as a second
option. He had been encouraged and inspired in his youth by the back-strap
loom work by his mother, Dhira Kisha, back in the Chittagong Hill
Tracts. She did not work on looms herself, but egged him on to go
into the line without second thoughts. "Till one stage it was
my mother who always cheered me on, and now it's my colleague Symon
who give me an optimistic vision about the future," he said.
on his inspiration, Tenzing said that not much has been done in the
waste-loom fabric designing so far from which could draw his ideas.
He said, "I have to think deeply before I take any step as the
fabric is unique. One has to work without any prior planning There
are a lot of limitations and bindings in my type of work."
why one should go and see his works, Tenzing said, "The appeal
is in obtaining indigenous work at reasonable prices and getting the
genuine fabrics from the Hill Tracts. We have so far produced western
and blouses, "fatuas", trousers etc. I am attracted to that
line of haute couture as I feel that it is easy to wear and long-lasting.
I didn't deal with saris, which are difficult to handle and which
can unwind if not pinned and tucked properly and maybe more suitable
for working women and young debutantes. I aim at fashion wear that
is easy- to- wear, comfortable, long-lasting and tres chic."
to comment on the present standard of fashion, Tenzing said that he
felt that at times we are stuck in a rut with a medley of fashion
ideas. He added, however, that one cannot go forward without imitating
borrowed ideas. "You copy, but within the periphery of the design
you do something of your own. Kameezes, for instance remain the same
but the cut adds the unusual design. Our goal is to promote Rangamati
fabric and no matter what design they are put in, they are bound to
look different and glamorous."
on the prices of his products, Tenzing said they were not more than
what is being offered at other fashion outlets in town. Asked to explain
the meaning of the choice of the brand name he said that 'Sozpodor'
meant all the necessary tools for creating the handloom fabric, which
is the basis of the Rangamati fabric. They include 'biyong', 'bokadei',
'thuchchuomoi', 'thachhisam' etc. Asked to say a few words about himself,
Symon added that he was Tenzing's partner in the quest for daring
plunges in haute couture.
a "cool" venture is certainly worth a few thoughts.