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Piran- the little shop

Stepping inside the tiny shop, you will be welcomed by the melody of innumerable wind chimes; the walls painted in the softer shades of a dusky evening, providing a comforting feeling while you take a look around. As you sit comfortably on the cane stool, viewing the products dangling from the antique wooden furniture, you will be engulfed in the ambience of the warmly illuminated interior of this little shop.

Piran's product palette is diverse starting from imprinted saris, casual shalwar kameez pieces, sassy fotuas to unique decor pieces. However, it is the jewellery section that steals the show. Brass remains the metal of choice for the ornaments, which have recently gathered some hype. Suited with your facial structure, you can choose from a wide variety of earpieces that include tiny tops, spiral rings, and geometric danglers in squares, polygons and ovals, all priced at an affordable range of TK 50-600.

Another specialty of Piran is their exclusive collection of bangles. Keeping a note to the current trend, simplicity has been the key. The bangles are primarily of brass, but an assortment of wooden bangles is also available.

“Piran's ornaments are my unique creations. I always thought traditional ornaments are unique in their own way. Using my own collection as a reference, I have used my imagination to carve a set of designs that were well appreciated. My imaginations are given life by Babul of “Babul Metal”. I started Piran with a primary set of basic ornaments, but backed by popular demand, I had to uplift my design and thus expand my product line”, said Hasna Banu, CEO, Piran, stressing on the exclusivity of her designs.

Apart from the classy jewelleries, saris of Piran also bear the sign of skilled craftsmanship. The fabric used is primarily pure cotton and the blocks are imprinted from exclusive dyes. Keeping to the taste of the local clientele the designs are meant for causal wear. The saris promise quality at affordable prices, which ranges from TK 700 - 5000.

Piran changes theme twice a year, at Boishakh and during Eid. The new theme bring changes in the entire line of designs from ornaments, saris, shalwar suits to bags! Apart from these, Piran also has a wide collection of antique wooden mirrors, wind chimes, and lampshades. Every single product is priced competitively.

“Piran means dress-wear; the name was suggested by my husband. I wanted to provide a one-stop service to the womenfolk for their demands for fashion wear and accessories. My own fascination for ornaments has resulted in my products being passionate and innovative.

Piran, I believe has successfully emerged as a brand when it comes to ornaments. It has succeeded in setting a benchmark. These ornaments reflect the Bengali traditions, and I am just glad that I could take the womenfolk closer to the roots of our culture”, concluded Hasna Banu, owner, Piran.

Contact: Piran, House# 67, Road # 11/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

By Zannatul Lamea
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

News Flash

Bangladeshi art's home on the web

Jolrong.com provides a wide variety of Bangladeshi art, ranging from hand-painted paintings to sculptures and digital art. They have formed a solid partnership with Bangladeshi artists, resulting in a substantial store of art on the website.

The site is quite easy to navigate, with the artwork categorised by style, subject, media and artists. After browsing through the categories, a buyer can add an item to his/her virtual shopping cart, and then proceed to fill out a form asking for shipping and billing information. The financial transaction is processed by Paypal, USA.

Paypal supports a large number of credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diner's Club and EnRoute. Through world-class delivery services such as DHL, FedEx, UPS and OCS, deliveries are made within two weeks of purchase plus the shipping time of each individual postal service. The delivery cost is dependent upon the delivery destination and package weight and is calculated according to the price-list of the delivery service of your choice.

There are lots of original paintings to be found on the site, and if purchased, they reach the buyer bordered by handcrafted wooden frames and with a certificate of authenticity. The site boasts a collection of works by over sixty artists, four of whom are categorized as master artists. They are Aminul Islam, Debrata Chakra, Kazi Abul Kashem and Zainul Abedin. Only prints are available for sale from these artists and they range from US $ 13 - $58. Originals are available for many of the other artists including Abdus Shakoor, Rokeya Sultana, Subrata Paul Chowdhury and Subrata Das. These originals can cost up to US $3000.

The site is owned and managed by jolrong.com, a company incorporated in Bangladesh having registered address at 102 Green Road Staff Colony (Kalabagan 2nd Lane), Dhaka, Bangladesh and Jolrong Pte Ltd, a company incorporated in Singapore having registered address at 120 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068589.

Photo courtesy: Jolrong

Art and Event Management

In Dhaka city very few places can be compared with Alliance Francaise at Dhanmondi due to the essence of exuberance generated within its cosmopolitan nature. It is an internationally recognised organisation that promotes art and culture through more than one thousand centres all over the globe.

Apart from teaching French language Alliance Francaise de Dhaka offers other courses under its cultural section. The basic course on Art and Event Management is a concern of Ecole de Design d'Interieur. Its goal is to make people aware of the value of aesthetics within our social and corporate events.

There are different aspects in a multidisciplinary venture like event management. This course is focused on the artistic creativity of an event, both corporate and social. As far as corporate events are concerned there are several phases: pre-event, event-hosting, post event and others. The program emphasises on the performing phase of the event and also touches other aspects in order to maintain a coherent understanding.

The lectures are divided into different categories, some theoretical while others are more practically oriented. Students have to go for outdoor visits to study sites and equipments. Visiting lecturers and stage performers will join to share their ideas and experiences.

Outline of the course:
Number of classes: 32; Duration of classes: One and half hours; Classes per week: two; Minimum qualification: O levels/HSC.

For details contact: M. Taufiqur Rahman Khan, Allaince Francaise de Dacca, 26 Mirpur Road, Dhaka-1205. # 8611557, 9675249, Fax: 8616462. Web: www.afdacca.org

On The Cover

Add a little razzle-dazzle to an ordinary outfit, or complement a pretty sari with colourful bangles. Flip to page 6, and we'll show you how.

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayeed

Letter To The Editor

Dear Lifestyle,
The article 'Living alone' interested me as an English woman who was married at 41, widowed at 53 and lived most of her adult life before and after as a single woman! However, even in Bangladesh, as a childless widow, I am still having an active, sociable life, which includes a lot of caring relationships. I have a wonderful, English-speaking housekeeper who lives with me and looks after me very protectively!

It is much easier to go around alone in the UK than in Bangladesh, where I am extremely glad I am not young and attractive because of the unwanted attentions from some men who, if they see you without a man, assume you are 'available' for them! I even met a young and attractive foreigner who had been blond, could not stand the pestering, and dyed her hair! In many other countries, it is not assumed that, if you live alone, you have 'problems', are longing for a partner and must surely be miserable.

However, some people in every country who live alone are longing for company and do not have the social skills to make friends and so it was quite right of the writer to encourage people to care about people who are living on their own and be considerate of their needs and be a kind of extended family for them. In particular, it is very sad when young people neglect parents who do not live with them. (Mind you, it is possible for single people of all ages, including children, who do live with their families to have their needs neglected and to feel very lonely!)

About living alone in old age, a story from the UK may help. It is of two old ladies, in different places, who lived alone, died and their bodies were not discovered for some time. People in both places were shocked. In the diary of one was written, day after day, “Nobody came.” The diary of the other said, “Nobody came. Thank God!”
Angela Robinson


Last week's Star Lifestyle featured an essay by Wara Karim- “Fall Colours”. Her name was accidentally dropped in the print edition of the weekly supplement. We regret any inconvenience caused due to the error.
- LS Desk



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