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Sure they go to bed in kanchipurams and wake up looking like they've napped in a makeover salon, but whatever Hindi serials may or may not dictate, mornings are usually best decked in as little finery as possible. A great option for the Eid breakfast table is something simple but elegant like a straight-cut, solid-hued kaftan with rich (but not necessarily extensive) embroidery and embellishments. Because it is early in the morning, when the men of the house have probably just returned from their prayers, lay low on the hair and make-up. The 'less is more' adage applies best to this time of the day, so you can make do with simple kohl-lined eyes and short, cropped hair.

For an Eid lunch at your in-laws, a traditional look is one you could seldom go wrong with - dark toned taant or half silk with a contrast, cap sleeved blouse. If you wear your hair long, then there is little cause for concern, let it loose for that quintessential 'deshi' appeal complemented by dark kohl lined eyes, a minimal amount of blusher and a light shade of lip gloss. Remember that this is still the first half of what promises to be a hot summer's day, so you would do well to avoid foundation and dark shades of eye shadow just yet. And if traditional is indeed what you choose to go for, nothing adds a better final touch than a red teep.

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The fashion industry that now appears buoyant was once propelled only by government initiative and Bangladesh Polli Unnoyon Board played a pivotal role. Even today, with their outlet, Karupolli, they present fashion materials made by a workforce of skilled women in numerous villages spread across Bangladesh. Be sure to experience local products in ethnic designs at Karupolli.

Contact: Polli Bhaban, 5 Kawrwan Bazar; ARA Centre (Second floor), Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi. #9124238

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A two-day solo exhibition of Addi, 'Ethnic Jewellery Exhibition' was held at Chandan, Gulshan from 20 August, 2010. In the exhibition, Addi empahsised on the rich traditions of the indigenous populations of Bangladesh and their use of fashion accessories. Fashionistas of the city were drawn to the exhibition because of the delightful novelty that the exhibition offered.

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This Eid, Arisa Beauty Care and Boutique is making special offers. At the boutique, one can get gorgeous jamdani, Muslin saris with appliqué and embroidery as well as shalwar kameez sets.

With purchase of attires from Tk 2000 to 15000 one can avail free services on selected services at Arisa Beauty Care. Other promotional services are also available.

Contact: Arisa Beauty care & Boutique, House #66/A, Road #8/A, Dhanmondi R/A,

Dhaka-1209. #01672735556. arisaboutique@yahoo,com, www.arisabd.com.

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Boutique Bakul's has brought its collection of dresses on materials like endi cotton, endi silk, balaka silk, muslin, joy silk, half silk, handloom cotton and khaadi. The dresses are men's panjabi, fatua, women's shalwar kameez sets, short kameez, fatua and sari. Besides these dresses orna and local ornaments will also be available at Bakul's.

Prices of panjabis vary between Tk500 and 2200, short kameezes between Tk450 and 1250, three pieces between Tk950 and 4000 and sari between Tk550 to 4500.

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Bortul was the initiative of three students of Charukala. The journey began in 2005 and the first exhibition held at Zainul Gallery, Charukala. After taking part in a number of fairs in and around the town, Bortul is now a mature.

The prime attraction of Bortul is the plentiful use of handcrafted appliqué and hand stitch.

The price range is well within reach. Shalwar kameez sets between Tk1300 to 1350, fatua between Tk500 and 650, panjabi between Tk 650 to 850 and T-shirt between Tk160 to 170.

Contact: Bortul, 129 Aziz Cooperative Super Market (First floor), Shahbagh.

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Pathshala offers scholarship

Pathshala, South Asian Media Academy in Bangladesh is inviting applications from female students only for scholarship for 'One Year Programme in Photography'. Requirements are as follows: HSC or A level with GPA: 2.5 or 2nd Division; Good command in spoken and written English; Must have a degree in basic photography.

Interested, deserving female students are requested to send their CV, copies of academic certificates, two passport size photographs, a portfolio (with minimum 10 images, size: 8” x 10”)

Last date for submission of applications is September 15, 2010. Selected applicants will be called for an interview on September 16, 2010 at 10.30 am.

Contact: Mainuddin, Faculty Moderator, Pathshala South Asian Media Academy, 16 Sukrabad, Panthapath (West), Dhaka-1207. #9136895. www.pathshala.net






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