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Aarong Pohela Boishakh Collection 2011

Arong has an exciting collection of Boishakhi attire, jewelleries and other accessories on offer this Boishakh. All new designs have kept the deeply rooted traditional feel intact. On saris the floral, ornamental and folk motifs are placed through block print, screen print, embroideries, and patchwork. Apart from this, appliqué, embroideries, block prints, screen prints, glass work and sequins embellish what is otherwise an ordinary taant weave.

In the new shalwar kameez offer, there is a lot of variation in cuts; long kameez sets with flairs are the main catch of the collection. Folk motifs are aesthetically expressed mostly through screen prints. Also, traditional 'nakshikantha' motifs are expressed through colourful embroideries.

Panjabi designs are quite varied; koli cut panjabis and short slim-fit panjabis are quite the rage this season. These menswear have been embellished with 'nakshikantha' and 'kantha' stitch. The colour palette sees a vibrant use of festive orange, yellow, green, red, maroon etc.

And finally an elaborate showing of Taaga for women. Koli cut long Taaga and 'kaftan' style tops are the new Boishakhi attraction.

Tribal 'ikat' prints are used to render a modern look in dresses like never before; the motifs are placed through colourful screen prints and embroideries.


Kumudini

To celebrate Pohela Boishakh, the coming of Bangla New Year, Kumudini Handicraft Centre presents their Boishakhi Collection with an array of saris, shalwar kameez sets, fatuas, kurtas, shirts and children's wear designed in hand block prints and hand embroidery. Materials used are primarily cotton but half-silk, endi-silk and Muslin have also been used.

Contact: Kumudini Handicraft Centre, 74 Gulshan Avenue, Sonargaon Hotel and 72 Sirajuddowla Road, Narayanganj.


Baluchar opens new outlet

On 18 March, 2011 designer Bahar Rahman inaugurated the newest outlet of boutique Baluchar. Speaking on the occasion Rahman said, “A dress is like the canvas for a designer. What we wear is a signature of our culture.”

The outlet showcases a wide range of attires for men, women and children. Contact: Baluchar, 81 Aziz Supermarket, Third floor, Dhaka. #01716556271.


In the colour of Boishakh

25 Boishakh is the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Paying homage to this great personality, boutique Rang decorate their Boishakh collection with the motif 'Rabindranath'. It includes incorporating his handwriting, signature, artwork etc on the designs of the attires.

You'll find Rabindranath's poems, songs, paintings on salwar kameez sets, saris, fatuas, caps, bags, jewelleries, t-shirts, and panjabis. The choice of colour is red, black, yellow, blue, purple, magenta, white etc. Moreover, you can buy audio CDs of renditions of Tagore. Also available are gift vouchers between Tk500 to 5000.

 


Kay Kraft

Pohela Boishakh or Bangla New Year is the festival of lives for Bangladeshis. To celebrate the occasion, Kay Kraft arranges a unique Boishakhi Collection. For the coming New Year celebrations, the boutique presents a vivid blend of newly designed saris, salwar kameez sets, panjabis, fatuas, tops, t-shirts, children wear, jewellery, and curios for home décor.

Boishakhi collection focuses on 'pot chitra', Islamic prints, floral, Greek Arch and tribal motifs. Tangail and Sirajganj cotton are available with further embellishment of block prints, screen prints, appliqué, embroidery and 'hazar bootis'.

To add to the grace, 'dobi' or jackard designed sari are made from handloom. These are of vibrant colours, and their contrasting feature makes them suitable for the youth. Geometric motif is used in printed shirts, while terracotta and folk motifs are used in fatuas, t-shirts and shirts for men.

Folk art motif series are also present on the wide range of children wear.


AB Fashion Maker

The boutique goes floral this season; with bold cuts and elegant necklines, AB serves as the perfect destination for today's fashionistas. The shalwar kameez sets and the fatuas also see elaborate use of circles, and a golden tone. For men there are panjabis and fatuas.

Contact: 28 Golden Gate Shopping Centre, Mirpur Road, Dhaka. #9611574


Persona

For its loyal clientele, the doors of Persona open early on Pohela Boishakh. As a matter of fact the Dhanmondi outlet will open at five in the morning. It will be a day steeped in tradition and fashion. There are special offers available for makeup and hairdos on that special day. For details contact: Persona, 8110179, 8815881.


Dressy Dale

Come Chaitra, the last month in the Bengali calendar, Dressy Dale prepares itself to welcome Boishakh and the New Year. This year is no different.

Like all years the colour theme, naturally, is red and white. But use of ethnic, geometric, opaque, linear, floral, symmetric and other motifs have added charm to the ensemble. The fabrics used have also been extensive -- crepe silk, chiffon silk, georgette silk, net, 'kota', delicate thread cotton and normal cotton fabrics.

The Boishakh collection is available till 14 April at all outlets of Dressy Dale.


NEWS FLASH

Standard Chartered Sreejoni 2010 Water colour art exhibition

Standard Chartered Bank has recently sponsored 'Standard Chartered Sreejoni 2010'; a 45-day long art camp for young & talented artists of Bangladesh. The camp was organised and coordinated by two senior artists, Mr. Samiran Chowdhury & Mr. Biren Shome at 16 different outdoor locations in Dhaka & Narayanganj. There were also three very senior Artists, Mr. Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Mr. Rezaul Karim & Mr. Alakesh Ghosh, who participated in the camp as instructors on selected dates. A total of 42 young artists participated in this camp from different institutions in Dhaka, Narayanganj & Chittagong. The theme of this year's art camp was Water Colour. Now an exclusive group art exhibition is being held at Dhaka Art Centre (House # 60, Road# 7/A, Dhanmandi R/A) from April 02 to 10, 2011 showcasing the selected artworks produced during the art camp and the opening ceremony of this exhibition is scheduled on April 01 2011 (Friday) at 5.30pm.

As a responsible corporate institution, Standard Chartered Bank is greatly committed to supporting the rich tradition of art and culture in Bangladesh. With this commitment, the bank has also established 'Impressions - A Gallery for Art' at the Bank's Head Office in Dhaka as an innovative forum for contemporary art where the bank attempts to showcase the works of largely unseen young artists of our country.


The Westin observes Earth Hour

The Westin Dhaka once again joined the worldwide movement of people and businesses planning to turn off the lights for Earth Hour 2011 in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common -- our planet.

On March 26, The Westin Dhaka observed Earth Hour by turning off its non-essential lights and taking other energy-saving measures for one full hour, further underscoring Starwood Hotel and Resorts' commitment to environmental sustainability.

“The Westin Dhaka is very honoured to be a part of such an initiative which is not just a one-day event, this is rather a social awareness campaign to enlighten every one to take the responsibility for climate change” said Azeem Shah, General Manager, The Westin Dhaka.

The Westin Dhaka took several measures such as dimming or turning off non-essential interior and exterior lighting, using candlelight in appropriate public areas and informing guests about the hotel's observation of Earth Hour through a letter from the General Manager.

Earth Hour has drawn strong support from Starwood Hotels around the globe. Additionally, for the first time, Starwood Preferred Guest -- their award-winning loyalty programme -- invites guests to take part in Earth Hour and will award 100 Starpoints to every member who registers at www.spg.com/earthhour.


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Prabartana

With the Bangla New Year only days away, Prabatana is offering customers an exciting new collection of timeless grace in new colours and style.

Female kurtis are available in handloom fabric. Also on offer are Prabartana's own weaved handloom saris, saris in Tangail cotton, 'kota', half silk, silk, natural dye, block print and dopattas, scarves, children's wear, panjabis for men and also fatuas.

Their captivating designs and range encompass our rich heritage along with contemporary styles in saris, salwar suits, and dress materials. The price range of female kurtis is from Tk795 to 1295, three piece sets from Tk1700 to 2900, Tangail sari (cotton) at Tk 390 to 6000, Tangail saris( half silk) from Tk1900 to 2995, Tangail saris (silk) from Tk3000 to 8000, Tangail saris (printed) from Tk995 to 2900, panjabis from Tk795 to 1995, and male fatuas at Tk650 to 750.


Shadakalo

This boutique is renowned for their motif-based designs and upholding tradition, they offer something new for their clients. Selecting the 'pakha' (the hand fan) as their motif, this Boishakh Shadakalo dresses up in style.

This motif has been used extensively on the 'anchals' of saris. They have also used frills and thread work to further accentuate their theme. The motif has also been used on their line of 'panjabis', 'fatuas', 'kurtas' and mugs.


Bibiana

Paying homage to rickshaw art, Bibiana presents their Boishakh Collection 2011 called 'Rickshawr Tung Tang'. All jewellery, saris, shalwar kameez sets, ornas, fatuas, panjabis, dhotis and t-shirts are inspired by designs seen on rickshaws, such as twelve moons, pantir, the moon and stars, peacocks, water-lilies and so on.

Appliqué, hand block prints, screen print and needle work have been used on fabrics to create these designs.


Excel

With myriad attires on their shelves, boutique Excel celebrates the dawning of summer. The entire range is suited for the hot season, the colours have been kept subtle and the selection of fabric, comfortable.

Contact: 84 Aziz Supermarket, Second floor, Dhaka. #01717467669


Foring

This season, Foring is looking forward to dazzle the customers with attires in new designs and bold cuts. The colours of the season are red, white, pink, blue, yellow, golden, lime, orange, green, sky blue and black. Embroidery, hand block, appliqué, spray and hand paint, tie and dye and other means have been used to accentuate the saris, shalwar kameez sets, fatuas, panjabis, t-shirts and shirts.

Terracotta jewellery and handicrafts bags are also available.


Karu Palli

Between 31 March to April 13, 2011 customers at Karu Palli, 5 Karwan Bazar can avail up to 15 to 70 percent discount on fatuas, shirts, panjabis, children's wear, and households accessories and other handicraft pieces. Managing Director of Bangladesh Rural Development Board Md Humayun Khalid inaugurated the programme, while Director Md Tajul Islam of Rural Development Board and other employees of the Bangladesh Rural Development Board were present on the occasion.


Boishakhi exhibition of Radiant Institute of Design

Radiant Institute of Design has, in the recent past, held exhibitions of works by students. This year the institute organised a two-day long exhibition from the first of April at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi. This exhibition presented designs by 370 students of all departments of the Institute.

A variety of items were available on show like saris, shawar-kameez sets, panjabis, fatuas, t-shirts, shirts, children's wear, table lamps, photo frames, beds, chairs, tables, sofas, mirrors, showpieces, ikebana and bonsais.


Texmart

Nature dresses up for Boishakh, as we do. It takes up a garb of vibrant colours as people put up red and white, symbols of vitality. Texmart however adds light green, orange, and blue to the colour palette.

The fabric has been further accentuated with prints, and patterns. The fatuas are priced between Tk695-995; short panjabis between Tk1095-1295.

Also available are attires for children.


Dorjibari

Summer is here; Boishakh is imminent and boutique Dorjibari is dressed for the occasion. On shelves you will find t-shirts, polo shirts, fatuas, panjabis both short and long.

There is also an extensive array of summer wear, suited for the season. Check out all Dorjibari outlets for their Boishakh/Summer Collection.


Radisson celebrates Boishakh

Radisson Water Garden Hotel Dhaka is all set to celebrate the Bengali New Year 1418 with due festivity. The Water Garden Brasserie offers a special lunch and dinner buffet menu where different kinds of 'bhorta' like 'shutki', prawn, potato and eggplant 'bhorta' and 'bhaji' will be available. Different kinds of Bangladeshi salads, raita and traditional achar will be available at the Salad Station.

Moreover, 'pantha hilsha' with other fish items, 'bhuna khichuri', chicken and papaya curry, beef gravy, duck gravy and a wide array of traditional Bangladeshi food items will also be available.

Other than these items, 'firni', 'gajor halua', yoghurt and other delicious dessert items can also be savoured. On the other hand, the Spice and Rice Restaurant is offering an exclusive Bengali Food Journey, where authentic Bengali food items will be served one after another from appetiser to dessert.

For reservations, please contact 8754555.


Adroit

Boishakh is a festival that embraces all people of different backgrounds. To mark this occasion boutique Adroit offers their Boishakh Collection which shows an elaborate display of folk motifs on handloom cotton and other fabrics.

To accentuate your look, they also have on offering various terra cotta and wooden jewellery, which will go hand-in-hand with their attires. Be sure to check Adroit outlets as they have something for everyone man, woman and child.


Tekka

Boutique Tekka has created a niche among its loyal customers for their eclectic designs and vibrant colours. With 50 new designs of t-shirts, fatuas, panjabis and others, boutique Tekka welcomes summer. Prices are between Tk190-600.

Contact: 103 Aziz Supermarket, Shahbagh.


Shopnobaj

Shopnobaj brings forth an array of summer wear: t-shirts, fatuas, panjabi and others. T-shirts are priced at Tk190, fatuas Tk220 - 380 and panjabis Tk600.

The attires have been designed by Sohel Anam and Joy Shahrier.


Menz Klub

Menz Klub handles matters differently. Rather than creating a line for Boishakh, they opt to present an array of Men's attire for the summer. You will find casual and formal shirts, trousers, jeans, fatuas and polo shirts. This wonderful summer assortment is available at all Menz Klub outlets.


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Chondon a boutique with a difference

Very ethnic, but essentially trendy and very wearable; that is what makes Chondona Dewan's every design stand out. Each of the outfits is a work of art, done with lots of coloured patches embellished with sequins, zari, mirror and beads on shalwar suits, fatuas , sarees, blouses and shawls that transforms them from ordinary to extraordinary.

Her ensemble sees plentiful use of cotton and silk, blended with crepes, georgettes, chiffon, soft tissue and brocade to create unique designs.

Chondon's hip Baishakh Collection is also a must see for fashionistas. Dewan has really broken all boundaries in creating a collection which she hopes will cater to the varied taste of all her clientele.

The saris are in all hues of Baishakh: bright colours and traditional Baishakhi motifs. Peacock, flowers, paisley, 'alpona', kite and other motifs have seen an elaborate use in Dewan's Boishakhi offer.

Chondon's very own patch work has also been used to add to the beauty of the saris. Tie and dye, block printed shalwar suits and bright block printed 'kurtis' have been created to add to the festivities.

Matching bangles, earrings, necklaces and beautifully embellished bags and 'batuas' are there to complete the ensemble.

The men's range includes panjabis in bright festive colours with embroidery and patch work. This time the designer has also added a range of earthen wear with Chondon's signature bright coloured patches, fans and floor mats.

\Contact: Chondon , Road #103, Plot #9, Gulshan #2. #01552379735, 9891173 chondon@hotmail.com


Tahu's creation

Tahu's Creation announces the arrival of a brand new festive collection of saris for Boishakhi festival. The colour palette consists of white, red, blue, yellow and green. Saris are available at Tk900 to 5000, salwar-kamiz sets at Tk1400 to 3000, fatuas at Tk800 to 1000, panjabis at Tk700 to 1500.

Also available is an extensive range of children's wear.

 

 

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