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Dishy designs at Deshal
You have troubles parking your car near Aziz Supermarket. The stores are cramped together just like the pavement in front. The lighting is bad and there are too many people swarming around. You climb the steps wandering, not window shopping, but wandering. You reach the second floor, while asking yourself why you are here. And then the sign in the corner catches your eye. It's not so much a sign as it is a massive wooden headboard for a shop- created out of recycled material. The garbled, knotted material sporting one red word: Deshal.
You walk in, in a trance. The walls are plastered with old newspapers, out of which newspapered faces pop out, here and there, eerily. You barely work yourself out of a trance when other sights assail you. The cave paintings of Lascaux. The scenes out of an Egyptian crypt. Folk art. But they are not replicas. In fact they aren't paintings at all. For Deshal doesn't sell paintings. Deshal sells art on fabric, on clothes. And these scenes are none other than screen-printed on fatuas.
Deshal opened on 10 April 2005 with a determined aim to promote anything and everything local. Hence they started with the name that quite predictably derives from the word "deshio" and everything they sell is undoubtedly local. With the design team comprising of nearly a dozen designers who are all Fine Arts graduates, it is no surprise that the clothes at Dehsal primarily sport artwork on them. The fatuas are made in a Dhaka-based factory and the fabric comes from other parts of the country. The shop now specialises in fatuas made of khadi from Comilla. In future they plan on using fabric from Noushingdi too. Deshal also sells scarves, glass bead necklaces and wooden-metal wall mounts too. And the best part is their prices. All fatuas range from Tk 280 to Tk 320. The necklaces cost Tk 30; the scarves range from Tk 130 to Tk 160 and the wall mounts cost Tk 800. And if a fatua doesn't fit, they'll try to provide you with a fitting size if the fabric is available. In future Deshal plans to sell jholas, cellphone pouches, painted wooden bangles and glass bead anklets and bracelets.
In a market that has been saturated with common designs, Deshal's innovative effort to create something unique is commendable. Still reluctant to visit Aziz Supermarket? Visit Deshal and see if it changes your mind. Their address is 124/a, 2nd Floor, Aziz Co-operative Supermarket.
Canvas: Beginning a new journey
It isn't everyday that a new magazine is launched. And when one is launched, the launching party should be an extravagant affair, like the launching party of Canvas, a new Bengali lifestyle magazine. Canvas was launched on August 1, 2005 at the Sheraton Winter Garden.
The event began with Canvas' managing editor Shakhawat Alam Rono describing the magazine and its various aims. He then left the floor to Kaniz Almas Khan, the editor of Canvas. She introduced the Canvas team and expressed her gratitude to everyone who was involved in making the magazine a reality.
Finally, amidst a lot of fanfare, the magazine cover was unveiled with celebrities Mona Lisa, Tinni, Tisha, Romana and Sweety adorning the stage in the same outfits in which they adorned the magazine cover as well. On a more serious note, the magazine was then unveiled by Noorjahan Begum, the editor of Begum the oldest magazine for women in Bangladesh. Noorjahan Begum spoke a few words regarding Canvas.
With the formalities completed, it was time to begin the entertainment. It began with Mahmudduzzaman Babu singing "Ami Banglay gaan gaai". After the song there was a cue of models in Jamdani saris walking the ramp to the tune of a Tagore song. Shahrukh Amin, the Style Editor of Canvas, choreographed this scene. This scene was a tribute to Bangladeshi heritage.
When the scene ended, singer Tonima Halim came on stage and sang a song that was written and composed by Ayub Bachchu. Following Halim's song, there was a dance sequence, after which Ayub Bachchu came onto stage himself. He sang, "She could be a princess", which was composed by Bachchu himself and written by Bappi Khan. The song was accompanied by another western wear scene were models wore designs by Shahrukh Amin.
Bachchu left the stage to a salsa performance after which three generations of singers, comprising of Shubir Nandi, Fahmida Nabi, Bappa Mazumdar, Kaniz Shuborna, Sunbeam and Elita came onto stage to sing the Canvas theme song. Golam Murshed wrote this song; Shubir Nandi gave the tune and Ayub Bachchu did the composition.
It was a night of many firsts. It was a night that marked the end of a very well organized and successful launch party. It was also a night that marked the beginning of a new journey. The journey of a new magazine: Canvas.
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By Ehsanur Raza Ronny
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