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Ethnica -- A lifestyle boutique

Home is where the heart is and the heart, most often than not, loves a place that is beautifully adorned and exudes one's aesthetic sense of style. To help people realise their desire of turning their abode into one that gives a feel of comfort, a new boutique is in town. While you have hundreds of shops to take care of your dressing needs, Ethnica is here to take care of the “dressing” needs of your home.

A lifestyle boutique, Ethnica, brings ethnic yet trendy, indigenous hand-made products for the home and workplace . "Almost all products offered by the store are made of natural materials put together by the gifted, delicate hands of modern day artisans," said Nasira Mansoor, owner of Ethnica.

"It brings to you the roots of this land with a touch of the new age. The designs embody the spirit, vibrant colours and the heritage of Bangladesh, with a rich combination of texture and colours, patterns and stitches -- the offerings from Ethinca assists you to create a warm ambience," she also said.

It also gives you the opportunity to decorate your surroundings in an affordable manner. You can snuggle in the collection of plush cushions, made from local materials with global designs, or spread the exquisite ethnic motifs on your bed. You can give your living space a welcoming floor mat or a scheme of light and shade of the deep forests from Ethnica's range of lamp wraps made from handmade paper.

You can choose to take home a cushion seat, made from a rarity that is sea-grass, which can be used to store your children's toys as well as seat your guests when the occasion calls for it. You can serve your favourite cuisine on the colourful placemats. At office you can put your pens in tasteful pen holders or write letters in aesthetic handmade paper and matching envelopes.

The places you spend most of your time in deserve as much effort and care to adorn as you do. So drop by at Ethnica if you want your home to look as beautiful as you.

Contact: Ethinca, House#3 Road#72, Gulshan-2

By Karishma Ameen


Regency's Iftar extravaganza

This Ramadan, Dhaka Regency is offering numerous options to its food lovers. Alongside platters of Bangladeshi items such as chola, piyaju, beguni, aloo dum, and shahi haleem, Dhaka Regency will be also highlighting the delicacies of the Middle East -- shwarmas, sambuseks, hummus, mandi or kabsa. Dhaka Regency is pulling out all the stops; there is something for everyone.

There are two set platters of scrumptious delicacies suitable for eating in as well as takeaways, available at both Grandiose Restaurant (Level 6) and Grill on the Skyline (rooftop). But even more exciting is the signature iftar platter suitable for 12-15 persons called the Sahan-al-Iftar that constitutes of a whole roast Arabian style lamb on kabsa or mandi rice, two whole grilled chickens, numerous Arabian and Continental tidbits and sweets that you can enjoy at the Grandiose Restaurant or for a more exotic experience under a star spangled sky at the Grill On The Skyline or the Mediterranean hookah lounge Shisha World (Level 6).

The iftar offers are as follows: Sahan-al-Iftar is priced at Tk 16,900, Banquet Iftar Suggestion Menu A is priced at Tk 1195 per person, Banquet Iftar Suggestion Menu B at Tk 1495 per person, pre-plated iftar Suggestion Menu A is at Tk 750 per person, pre-plated iftar Suggestion Menu is at Tk 860 per person. Grandiose which offers iftar with buffet dinner, priced at Tk 1752. Special order of some particular items are also delivered. All prices are inclusive of service charge and VAT.

With wishes abundant for a joyous Ramadan, Dhaka Regency invites everyone to a healthy helping of iftar delights! For reservations, please call 01713332681.

Iftar special at Mermaid Gallery Cafe

In keeping with their wholesome, environmental outlook, Mermaid Gallery Cafe has introduced an iftar buffet this Ramadan that is not only delicious but also healthy. The menu depicts a change in culture of eateries selling iftar items in the market. Items high in cholesterol and fat dominate the market but Mermaid Gallery Cafe are hoping to change for those who are health conscious and ready to try something different this year. The menu is a mixture of vegetarian items such as the Mediterranean couscous and wok fried vegetables as well as non-veg items like Grilled chicken marinated with Italian herb dressing and Roast beef. The idea is to be as gentle as possible on the stomach but at the same time to ensure a filling and satisfying meal.

The Buffet will be available all throughout the month of Ramadan at a price of Tk1200.


Dressy Dale's Eid Collection

The key feature of Dressy Dales' Eid collection is the combination of cultural tradition and modern, westernised patterns. They have introduced a new type of silhouette instead of an A-line cut. They also include princess line, varieties of flayer cut, gypsy cut, asymmetric hemline, crushed effect etc. Contemporary embroidery, tie and dye, appliqué, cutwork, echo print, 3D illustration etc are available on these flamboyant dresses.


Like in years past, boutique Anjan's has come up with special arrangements for Eid this year. Saris, shalwar kameez sets, panjabis, fatuas, shirts and outfits for children and teens are available in their Eid collection. Aside from clothes, Anjan's will also offer jewelley, sandals for both men and women, and home textiles.

Materials used for the shalwar kameez sets -- which are cut and designed according to the latest trends -- are silk, cotton, muslin, linen cotton, endi cotton. The price of shalwar kameez sets at Anjan's ranges from Tk1450 Tk9000.

Cotton, silk, half silk and muslin have been used to make the saris which are designed with hand embroidery, machine embroidery, screen prints and block prints. The saris are priced between Tk350 Tk20,000.

The panjabis have been made using cotton, silk, endi cotton, endi silk and the designs are done in hand embroidery, embroidery and cutting-based designs. The panjabis, available in lengths of long, semi-long and short, are priced between Tk650 to Tk3250.

For children and teenagers there are panjabis, fatuas, shirts, shalwar kameez sets and frocks.


Scarlet is proud to present its flamboyant Eid collection, which is a brilliant infusion of current trends with the boutique's own signature embroideries. The designer, Ayesha Afros has translated her passion for art into her unique designs. Scarlet's strength lies in paying immaculate attention to details as well as maintaining flawless craftsmanship.

Its collection of daily wear and fashion wear gets equal importance in workmanship to create truly unique pieces. Although each piece is unique in design, there is a wide range of selection in kameez, kurta, sari, panjabi, fatua, 3-piece suits etc.

The skilled craftsmen of Scarlet also offer tailoring services as well as refitting of ready-made items. The boutique also has hand painted saris and shalwars, done personally by the designer at very affordable prices.

Contact : House 16, Road 112, Gulshan 2, Dhaka. #01713009844, 01552341261, 8854179.

Haier's Eid offer

Haier launches a special campaign from first Ramadan till last day of the holy month. Under the campaign titled “Hundred Percent Cash Back,” with every purchase of Haier televisions, refrigerators, deep fridges, ACs, microwave ovens and washing machines, buyer will get a 'Scratch Card.'

By scratching the card, the buyer can get up to 100 percent reduction on the purchase, depending on the figure stated on the card. This was announced at a press conference held at Spectra Convention Centre in Gulshan, Dhaka, on 1 August, 2011.

Hayes Bangladesh deputy general manager (corporate sales) Zahurul Haque and deputy general manager (dealer & sales) Abdur Rakib were present on the occasion.

Fabrics Gallery

Fabrics Gallery has opened their first showroom at Elephant Road on July 29, with freedom fighter and ex-MP Mostafa Mohsin Montu inaugurating the showroom.

Fabrics Gallery imports various internationally-known brands like Raymond, Reed and Tailor, Monte, Sastrous and cloth from India, Italy, Korea, Japan, Indonesia and England. The outfits on display range from shirts, trousers to blazers, suits and ties. There are clothes for men of all ages.

Address: 128/1, Elephant Road. #8613068


Keeping with the joy of Eid, fashion house Foring has introduced some new designs for both children and adults. It has used materials and colours keeping the festival season in mind. Maroon, red, black, white, blue, pink, yellow, golden, parrot green, orange, green and sky blue dominate the colour palette. Sari, shalwar kameez, fatua, panjabi, shirt and T-shirt are designed with embroidery, appliqué, block, hand stitch, spray, hand print and tie and dye. Sari on various materials will be available from Tk500 to Tk20000, shalwar kameez sets from Tk590 to Tk3500, fatuas from Tk295 to Tk1400, shirt and T-shirt from Tk160 to Tk950, panjabis from Tk480 to Tk3500. Clay ornaments and handicrafts bags are also available at Foring.

Foring outlets: 25/11, Tajmahal Road, Mohammedpur, 18/C, Rankin Street, Wari and Romena Afaz Building, Romena Afaz Sarak, Jaleshwaritala, Bogra and Flat-2, Rabindra Sarani, Sector-7, Uttara, Dhaka. Phone No: 01672789933.


Lalburi, a new boutique started its journey at Aziz Super Market amid much fanfare on August 4 (Thursday). Famous singer Ferdaus Ara formally opened this boutique shop, situated on the second floor of the market. Singer Khurshid Alam was also present as a guest at the launch.

Exclusive quality children's attire, panjabis, T-shirts, shalwar kameez sets, saris for the youths will be major attractions at this boutique. High quality panjabis and saris for more mature customers will also be there. Lalburi's young designers will design the dresses on materials such as muslin, silk, khadi, and cotton and the dresses will be available at reasonable prices. Lalburi will offer special concessions regarding its opening till Eid-ul-Fitr. Lalburi will use two special colours selected by any celebrity person every two months in its production.

Eid @ Angeleena

This Eid Angeleena is back with a collection to keep the Eid shoppers busy. In the collection, different shades of green are used to represent Bangladesh's primary colour. Other bright colours are used to showcase the positive energy of summer and the joy of Eid. Designs are done in motifs of our history and culture

Address: Shop no 54, Pink City, Gulshan - 2

Banglar Mela

The 10th branch of fashion house Banglar Mela was inaugurated on the first floor of Bailey Fiesta Shopping Centre at Bailey Road on July 22. Chairman of Banglar Mela and former secretary Lutfullah-hil-Majid inaugurated this branch. Managing Director of Banglar Mela, AKM Golam Maola and other directors were also present at the inauguration ceremony. The first outlet of Banglar Mela was inaugurated at Banani in 2001. This new branch at Baily road will present this year's Eid collection and regular products as well.

Grameen Mela

Fashion house Grameen Mela has introduced its Eid collection with sari, three-piece, fatua, shirt, panjabi and children's attire. Cotton, silk, khadi, endi and muslin are materials of these dresses. A flavour of the coming, festive Eid can be found in the attires designed by Grameen Mela.

Different outlets of Grameen Mela are Delowar Plaza, Plot-5, Block-Ka, section-6, Mirpur-1 and Hosaf Shopping Complex, Ground floor, Malibag Crossing, Dhaka. Phone No: 9011344, 9334061.


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