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News flash


Kapor Boutique is showcasing their designer wear from 28 to 30 August at Drik Gallery, House # 58, Road 15A, Dhanmondi.

Aptly termed 'Kapor' or fabric, the prêt-a-porter offers fatua, embroidered shalwar kameez and accessories all made from local looms by skilled artisans. The designers' effort saw careful execution of ornamentations on fabrics, with a promise to live up to the expectation of the younger clientele.

The affordable price range ensures that the offering of Kapor is within the range of the mass. The exhibition is open for all from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chondon charm re-launched!

Chondon, a petite, well-liked boutique located on Road# 103, Gulshan-2 that caters to both men and women's clothing was re-launched on Friday, 22 August, with a lot of admiration from several friends and clienteles.

Chondona Dewan always wished to unlock an ingenious, creative work of art and the reality of this wish is well reflected in her boutique, 'Chondon'. She opened her first boutique in Manchester, Connecticut in the early 90s. Eventually designing paper jewellery for a company named “Two Women” based in San Francisco, California, led her to the Fashion Industry. Her theme is focused on products that are more ethnic in nature.

The stunning creations of sari, shalwar kamiz, kurti, shawl and fatua, display a lovely array of colours enhanced with scintillating embellishments of sequins, tie-dyes, and thread work that makes each outfit in the collection exude a regal and artistic charm. She has worked by and large with putis and patches, creating a growing effect with a small area of material within a larger one. These putis are thick borders with fancy and attractive designs embellished with metal, coin, wood, zari work, beads, sequins, mirrors, embroidery, block and traditional karchupi work. Her palette of colours include everything and anything from flamboyant yellow, green, hot pink, nautical blues in navy, cobalt, turquoise and sea green to dull gold and mud. “Bright colours are the focus as I love contrasts with vivid colours”, explains the designer. Complimenting the outfits, also available here are, stunning pieces of jewellery in silver, gold, oxidised metal, semi-precious stones and meena. What's more in line are chic elegant bags in extraordinary designs and colours mostly within silk, brocade and katan. To gratify yourself to the fullest, you can also buy the unstitched three pieces and get it tailored right there. Another alternative is the 'mix and match' fragment, where you can pick from the wide array of kurta, shalwar, dupatta and many others of your choice.

The men's line includes panjabis in black, maroon, green, blue and other gallant colours and sleek designs. Typically silk and cotton blended with crepes, georgettes, chiffon, soft tissue, katan and brocade has been used as fabrics to fashion a charisma.

This place can furthermore be your ultimate gift shop. Not sure whether your loved one will like your gift? Well, Chondon is here to help with its gift certificate offers. The prices in the store vary from Tk 600 onwards.

The boutique has been re-introduced with a very homely and cosy environment. I could not help being allured to the fancy dressing table at one corner that showcased the incredibly impressive Chandan's ornaments. The interior has been furnished with canes, scented candles, vases, frames and plants that make your stay at the shop extremely delightful. Address: Road# 103, House# 9, Gulshan-2.

By Zion Ara Hamid

Patterns of nakshi

The traditional artistry of embroidery is essentially a heritage nurtured by womenfolk. The same is true for the culinary delights of the region. Throughout time, the innate artistry of pastoral women reflected on the intricate thread work on looms and also pithas (cakes). The two distinct forms often present a common thread of inspiration and the execution.

Kay Kraft has in the past presented our abundant cultural and traditional charms, through their designs presented in outlets, exhibitions and seasonal festivals. The emphasis has been on blending pastoral influences with chic urban settings. A significant segment of the Kay Kraft clientele is the youth, hungry to savour traditional crafts and artistry.

For the last few months, Kay Kraft design studio has been toying with patterns of nakshi pitha, in an attempt to derive inspiration and put up a reflection in their line. The various styling and decorative designing of the cakes were presented in the exhibition, held from 17-21 August 2008, at the Drik Gallery.

The exhibition generated much enthusiasm amongst the fashionistas, students of folklore and prospective designers. The depiction of significant cultural elements, well orchestrated, lead to a new flavour suited for contemporary fashion while revering the cultural heritage.

Eye for style

Fashion house Nazar commits itself in brining out exclusive fashion wear for men, from sherwani, lankati sets, turbans to uttorio using cotton, Joysree, raw silk, endi cotton, dupion, Mysore silk and Rajshahi silk. The store also carries lines by foreign designers with an affordable price tag.
Contact: Shop #40, Level 2, Block C, Bashundhara Mall; Shop 49, Level 2, Block C, Bashundhara Mall.

New store in the block

Design Roots has recently inaugurated their newest outlet at Happy Arcade, Road # 3, Dhanmondi. The new store will carry the usual array saris, salwar kamiz, fatua, skirt, punjabi, shirt, and terra cotta jewellery creation of Root's design team.

Contact: 1/9 Block D, Lalmatia, Dhaka. Phone: 06662627155, 01726277708

Prima-salon with a difference

Who would have guessed, 'Prima' is German for beautiful; a befitting name for a salon that aims to make people look beautiful, glamorous and gorgeous.

Prima started her journey on August 8, 2008 under the watchful supervision and management of highly qualified and experienced cosmetologist Monira Bazlu. She has left no stones unturned to provide the patrons of Prima the best service through personal grooming of her staff in superior make-overs.

It is common to see clients being manipulated and served by mostly inexperienced parlour assistants in most beauty salons of the city. This issue goes undressed as there are no better services available. Standards can be upgraded by providing better training, using modern equipments and techniques. Prima strives to provide its valued clients with the highest quality of hair styling and grooming services.

Contact: Prima, Rd # 81, House # 8/E, Gulshan 2. # 9897522

Offers @ the Westin

Dining Restaurant Taste will be offering mouth-watering iftar throughout the month of Ramadan, from revitalising haleem to jileebi dipped in sugar syrup. The iftar buffet at takas 1788, is sure to enchant taste buds.

For arranging parties, one can avail the ballroom or function room at takas 1400 and above, per person. For events featuring more than 100 guests, there will be no charge as space rent.

The Westin Dhaka and The Royal Thai Embassy will also re-launch the exceptionally popular Thai Food Festival “Colours of Thai Cuisines” from 25 to 31 August 2008 at Taste restaurant. The festival will showcase the authentic and modern Thai cuisine as well as cultural performance.

Savour the delicate yet distinctive flavours of passionate Thai Cuisine that include mouth-watering delights the likes of Green Curry, Spicy Beef Curry, Stir Fried Shrimp and Crab Fried Rice each evening at dinner prepared by highly talented guest chefs Wandee Na Songkla and Khanidta Kaewsupan from Thailand.

Enjoy not only the delicious cuisine but also the atmosphere specially created for your pleasure by a cultural troupe of performers and an artist from Thailand who will demonstrate the traditional Thai way of life each evening from 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm. For details call 9891988.



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