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shop special

Open T Bioscope: A conceptual fashion house

Stepping into the shop, you will be engulfed by its warmly illuminated interior. The bold, warm colours on the wall and the dusky lighting rivet a jubilant spirit of fashion.

Open T Bioscope has been creatively designed to embodythe essence of traditions. Rather than Barbie doll mannequins, the shop has customised figurines, keeping local clay dolls in mind, so that every Bangali girl can familiarise oneself with it.

Open T Bioscope is the brainchild of two vibrant architects- Muslima Nazneen Khandakar and Suriya Zabin. The shop came into being with a view to setting up a common platform where ideas can be toyed with playfully and nurtured into reality. It serves as a stage for rising designers to showcase their creative experiments.

The shop is artistically set apart into two distinct wardrobes - Sultana and Bibiana - carrying clothing lines, and Shaheb Babu Boithokkhana- a room with crafty, wooden interiors showcasing decorative household accessories.

The product line caters to two different styles; one focusing on the everyday, casual and to some extent formalwear, and the other focuses on a glamorous clothing line designed exclusively for special occasions. “Sultana” is designed keeping the preferences and tastes of young vibrant females in mind, and “Bibiana” is geared towards the penchants of females in the mature age bracket.

For fatuas and shalwar kameez that can be used as formal or everyday wear, the fabric used is mainly cotton, keeping in mind the comfort factor. The wardrobe changes fabrics with changing seasons.

The summer line mainly consists of cool colours like lemon green, pistachio, bright almond, lilac and ocean green matched with contrasting dupattas and shalwars. The shalwar kameez are available unstitched and also prêt-e-porter. You can also buy creatively designed fatuas or make a three-piece from its own matching centre. The prices of fatuas are from TK 400 onwards.

The “Bibiana” collection consists mainly of saris, casual and formal. The fabric is mainly cotton, endi-cotton, endi-silk adorned with colourful hand-paint, spray paint and glittery danglers at the borders. Vegetable dyed saris are one of the exclusive picks of the shop. The saris are displayed in their entirety, opening up the whole work done on the fabric.

The most interesting section of the shop is “Shaheb Babu Boithokkhana”, a wooden panel consisting of three stair steps. At the very bottom, customers can sit and try on ornaments. The middle stair consists of household materials such as hand-painted kathas, pillows in creative shapes like dice, envelope, drum, vegetable dyed bed sheets, silk bed sheets, etc. The very last stair leads to the trial room.

This part of the store is created to give the customers a vibe of comfort as if in their own boithokkhana (living room), where they can have a friendly chat, select the dress materials, try the ornaments on, etc.

Adds Muslima Nazneen, “Open T Bioscope is not aimed at making profit, it is rather aimed at bringing out the creative roots and nurturing them. There are lots of talents who don't get to steal the show due to lack of a proper platform. Open T Bioscope is that platform for them; a platform for any and every kind of artist/ designer to host their creative products. I want them to play with their ideas and that's exactly why I named the shop Open T Bioscope, to play away with their creativity just like the childhood song: Open T Bioscope; Nine ten teiscope; Sultana, bibiana; ,shaheb babu boithok khana…"

Open T Bioscope; Shop #422, Metro Shopping Mall.
By Zannatul Lamea

On The Cover

The pitter-patter of raindrops after a spell of hot, airless days rejuvenates the ever-present romantics amongst us, as evidenced by the small surge of monsoon weddings. Keep that blissful glow alive by taking off on a romantic honeymoon.
Model: Iram Rasul and Shakil M Islam
Photo: Hyon Smith


Monsoon menace

Unexpected bouts of rain while we are out on the street? Sure, no problem! Having to wade in muddy puddles while running errands? When will the rubber boots be of any use? Having to be stuck inside the house on rainy weekends? Perfect excuse for homemade khichuri and egg curry! Dampness and mouldy growths around the house? Uh-oh!

To prevent the rainwater from reaching its clammy grip into your home, ensure proper ventilation. The function of ventilation is to replace moist indoor air with dry air from outside. So whenever the humidity in the air seems to have peaked for a while, open the windows ajar to let the dry air circulate around the room and inhibit the mustiness.

Air conditioners can also help in reducing the dampness inside the home. They remove moisture from the air as it is cooled, so do not hesitate to let it run for a while if the weather is not too cold.

The most common places for mould to thrive are corners where the air does not circulate much. If you have a large piece of furniture placed right against the wall, try to keep some space between them or else a mould might start right in that place.

Of course the walls are not the only places to be affected by the humidity. Some of the moisture may seep through the closets and shelves and find its way to your precious attire and other belongings.

To prevent moulds and mildew, solid closet doors can be left open to facilitate air circulation. A low-wattage bulb can also be placed inside the closet to keep its contents warm and dry. If a closet, cabinet or drawer space reaches the point of smelling musty, it and its contents should be cleaned and thoroughly dried.

Clothes should not be kept inside the closet unless they are thoroughly dried. Putting clothes in the drier of the washing machine is the fastest way to dry them, but you can also sun dry them on the roof.

Lastly, on days when the downpour refuses to stop, you can air dry the clothes under a fan, but when drying clothes indoor, make sure the ventilation is correct.

If mould or mildew infects any of the clothes, soak them in a gallon of warm water mixed with a cup of vinegar or baking soda, leave overnight, and then wash in regular detergent before drying them in the sun next day. This will also neutralise the musty smell that clings to clothes sometimes.

By Wasia Mehnaz Minna



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