tiny boutique comprises of a single small room, tucked away on the first
floor of a home in Tejgaon (Location: 'Ferdous' House, 723 West Nakhalpara,
Ellenberry row). It is a place where you just may find that perfect
block print on cotton saree to add to your summer wardrobe. Dolly's
Design is a few years old, though Dolly Siddiq, designer and owner has
been in the business of block printing since 1987, and providing her
workmanship to big names such as Aarong, Kumudini, Banglar Mela and
Shetuli. She had opened up her own showroom since then, and mentions
how much she enjoys the creative process of designing her own collection.
Dolly's Design offers
only sarees, though Siddiq does plan to venture into shalwaar kameezes
sometime in the future. For now, the showroom offers mainly block print
on cotton sarees. The cottons are bought exclusively from Tangail, ordered
as Siddiq says, from the best artisans there. Other materials include
silks and half silks from Rajshahi, and Muslin sarees from Tangail.
The kinds of work one may find done on these sarees are block on cottons,
screen-print on Muslin, Nakshi Katha print, and a few tie-dyes. In addition
to that, some have hazaar buti, sequins, dollar sequins (akin to glasswork),
and / or applique work done on them. Kota sarees are a favourite of
many, and there are some plain block prints on Kota on display that
is indeed eye-catching. There are handfuls of plain Tangail taat sarees
with zari borders that the showroom has kept on demand as well.
Collections at Dolly's
Design are in keeping with the changing seasons, and occasions such
as Eid. For Boishakh, there were beige / off-white and white with red
combinations; some of the small print designs on these combinations
in particular are fragile, intricate and quite tastefully done. Right
now, the showroom has a large collection of summer wear in cool, subdued
combinations of melon, peach, mustard, powder blue, lime green and orange.
Those in darker, more vibrant hues of greens, maroons and blues are
also available, though these may be more in abundance during winter.
Siddiq's Eid collections are kept rich in colour, and are bright and
The designer emphasizes
how her main focus is on quality and design rather than quantity, which
is why, she adds, the showroom hasn't necessarily expanded into a larger
one. Prices at Dolly's are quite reasonable with plain cottons ranging
from Tk600-785, cotton with work for Tk 850-950, silk for Tk 1650-2500,
and Muslin at Tk2850.
If you are a lover
of sarees, especially cottons and kotas, this boutique certainly deserves
to be on your 'browse-worthy' list.
With the arrival of Boishakh, it seems that the temperature has risen
considerably. The increase in temperature has made life almost a living
hell. It is times like these that a slice of an ice cream cake can seem
like a godsend, as it'll help you to cool down and also give your taste
buds something to savour. Ice cream cakes are widely available at nearly
all supermarkets. Polar and Igloo are the brands most sought after,
and they cost about Tk 170.
In this hot and humid weather, nearly everyone is getting dehydrated
very quickly. The best way to make up for your loss of body fluids is
to drink plenty of water or juice. Nowadays there are many brands of
juice available in the market and they taste quite good too. Various
flavours like Mango, Apple, Pineapple etc. are available and so you'll
be somewhat spoilt for choice. Brands like Aarong and Pran are sold
for a reasonable Tk 12.
If you're a man who doesn't want to smell unpleasant, then it's perhaps
time to invest in a deodorant. That's because the increase in temperature
will almost invariably make you sweat more and eventually lead to an
unpleasant odour. You can beat the stench by simply using a decent brand
of deodorant. Popular brands in our country include Axe, Denim etc.
Prices of these deodorants usually start from Tk 150 onwards, and they
are available at most supermarkets and department stores.
If you're a woman who's finding the present heat wave sweeping across
the country unbearable, then you might want to start wearing sleeveless
dresses and other summer clothes. By doing so, you'll at least be able
to get a bit of respite from the heat. Before wearing your summer clothes
though, you might want to remove your unwanted body hair, and it is
for this reason that hair removal cream comes into the equation. Brands
of hair removal cream like Veet and Nair are available at quality supermarkets,
and they can be bought for about Tk 170.
You have probably tried Pakistan's famous Basmati rice, but have you
ever tried Bangladesh's very own Katarivogh rice? If not, then you have
missed out on a true delicacy. Katarivogh rice is so good that it is
being exported for quite some time now. The next time you go on your
shopping errand, make a point to purchase this variety of rice. We assure
you that you will be pleasantly surprised. At the branches of PQS a
5-kg bag of Katarivogh rice is sold for Tk 170.
If toilets are not cleaned on a regular basis, they both look and smell
awful. A visit to any of Dhaka City Corporation's public toilets will
surely prove this point. In order to ensure that your toilet does not
give you an unpleasant feeling, clean it regularly with a good toilet
cleaner. Harpic and Vanish are two widely available toilet cleaners
and they cost about Tk 45.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
In this unusually harsh heat spell, we lose a lot of water through
sweat. Your daily water intake should increase to compensate for the
loss of fluids. Dehydration can lead to various complications like
seasonal fever, urine infection, and jaundice.
With the large temperature differential between the boiling weather
outside, and the fan and/or a/c-cooled interior of your house, it
isn't very hard to come down with sniffles and fever. If your child
just came in from the heat outside, keep icy chilled food and drinks
out of his/her reach. Especially avoid ice cream, icy curds, custard,
yogurt and cold drinks. A tall glass of juice at room temperature
would work far better.
In this stormy day when strongly wind blown do not stand under any
trees. Because it can not safety for you. Suddenly weak branches are
broken down on your head. Then it will be an accident. Also be careful
of slippery roads.
light and spray light
Light, bright fluorescents and neutrals like white, beige, gray, and
khaki should be the colors dominating your daytime wardrobe. Also,
since the humidity makes sweating an inescapable reality, ignore the
heavy perfumes and reach for light deodorant and antiperspirant sprays
Heat rashes are another unpleasant outcome of this weather. They itch
more than measles, and make life miserable. Keep them at bay with
prickly heat powder. Sprinkle on after bath, or before going to bed.
Calamine lotion also works wonders for heat-irritate skin.