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Children's jewellery workshop

The talent that remains dormant in a child requires a spark to flare up. Given the chance, they too can shine in their early age and with proper guidance can excel in the future.

Amman Rashid, the man behind the popular jewellery brand Aadi, recently conducted a month-long jewellery-making workshop for children, where bright young minds of seven nationalities took part.

It is a very interesting concept, teaching children how not only to make jewellery but also to create awareness regarding reusing, recycling and upcycling. This had been a plan of Aadi for a considerable amount of time where workshops are designed to cater to the needs of the children, which, after the basic classes can slowly shift to more advanced first-hand experiences involving jewellery-making techniques from copper and silver.

At the workshop, the children learnt how to make paper beads from old magazines, reusing old bottle caps and making them into jewellery pieces. They were taught to to make beaded necklaces, as well as making ornaments out of old coins.

They were imparted with knowledge on colour, coordination, patience and everything that goes into making jewellery. At the end of the workshop, they were assigned to make necklaces, earrings, anklets and bracelets on their own.

Information was also given to make them aware of the necessity to reduce, reuse and recycle; eco-friendly materials were also discussed so that children are keen on using these products while making jewellery in the future.

For registration in the next course and for further information, please contact Amman Rashid through email -- aadistudio@gmail.com

Style Files

Trend report

By Maheen Khan Fashion designer, Mayasir

Summer silhouettes
Here comes the summer with its blistering heat waves and gales of north-western thundershowers; be prepared for all weather conditions. It is compounded for those of us who have to endure the power outages in the sweltering heat of Dhaka city.

What should you wear? It must be the first thing you try to address every morning. Light but not transparent, easy but not bohemian, sombre but not too dark, and finally loose but not too baggy as you need to appear professional wherever you are going.

I think to get inspired for a summer ensemble we need to be stimulated by our environment that is abundant in foliage, bright luscious fruits and white fragrant flowers. The earth is rejuvenated with spurs of excitement that arouse all our senses. You are very sensitive to the moist, heavy, humid air and certain shades of colour allure us during our summer moments.

This year nudes, neutrals and pastels could be good colours to watch out for. Always try to accent with summer bright. In style, modern women are looking for future classics. You can try basic shapes in luxurious styles but with today's economics your styles are worthwhile only if they can withstand seasons. The conflict and polarity of trends versus classics are matters of personal choice. Styles should be modernised to suit our changing times where form and function work together. Here are some styles that promise to have a lasting supremacy.

This summer experiment with pleating on your high waistline, creating a flirtatious feminine look. They easily add volume to the basic dress that could be topped with sleeveless, halter neck or short cap sleeves. It is advisable to have the bodice fitted, as it will accentuate your flairs. These ensembles could be knee length and be paired with patialas or harems. You could also go for the full lengths as they work great as lounge pieces. Stay with fine organic cottons this summer -- these fabrics are versatile and can be crushed to create a natural crinkle.

Clash of prints in vivid colours is the rage this summer. This is particularly suitable for the avant-garde, trend-seeking individual. Tribal patterns, ikats, tie and dye, stripes in vivid and bold compositions are big in bohemian styles. Mixed and matched to your desire these look befitting in printed leggings paired with easy ponchos or kaftans or even single shouldered blouses.

Shimmer and sparkle
A popular embellishment through most seasons, shimmer for the evening will continue to reign this summer. Tube blouses, spaghetti-strap short dresses or classic long-sleeved short blouses over mermaid skirts or narrow legged denims are great as party outfits. You can easily dress it up or down with matching bold accessories. I suggest a big hair look or headgear to add drama for the evening out.

The white shirt
This my favorite piece for the summer. You may layer with kimono jackets or oriental boleros or even a sleeveless vest to add structure and distinction. Stand mandarin, open collar or wide imposing styles are worthy. Pin tucks and pleats as details work on bodices with sleeveless, long or peasant sleeves. Shirts are probably extremely adaptable and multi-purpose. Shirts can be paired with culottes, short skirts, or flared long pants.

Feminine elegance
Even in summer you could exercise your rock chic and soft romance. It is best translated through your long dramatic pieces. The lengths have grown in our garments over the past few years and now the time has arrived to harness styles that move away from Arabian over-size cuts. Layer long halter dresses over short skirts or draped sari dresses over palazzos. Short peplum blouses with flowing chiffon tulip skirts are sure to make a grand entrance and transform you to a high priestess.

Dare to bare, or pile on the layers and play peek-a-boo. Chiffon or muslin sleeves, shear backs and neckline are fabulous arrangements on the framework of any chic ensemble. They are subtle, yet the gossamer fabrics are translucent and can be draped, ruffled and puckered to add texture and create point of interests in most pieces. An elegant summer dress can be layered on a sheer jacket or a long top may be paired with floaty wide trousers. Traditional tailored woven silk suits can be accessorised with light scarves and stoles.

Pastel pales
Cascading dresses with asymmetrical hemlines have caught on in a very big way. Strapless with long bell or lantern sleeves work best. Fitted bodices with flamboyant hemlines are in vogue. Backs are dipping down to your waistline and the front neckline is more demure. The cuts and drapes are theatrical while the colours converse a more subdued element.

This appears to be the evergreen, immortal fabric. Over the past half a century the fashion calendar has resurrected lace over and over again. Lace under shirts are very sexy, it works well on trousers and skirts but especially applicable on trimmings, collars, sleeves and so on. Lace saris are a classic worn by royalties and commoners alike. Printed lace patterns have also made a comeback and are used extensively as value additions.

Men's style
Androgyny is a word that can be easily applied to men today. They are far more ready to experiment than previously viewed. The silhouettes for men are equally diverse in mode. You address the summer heat in quite the same way as a woman but you have a little more freedom to bare in public in Bangladesh. I suggest you continue to try the form-contoured shorts in varying lengths but pick up the light cotton pairs instead of the denims. Go with bright colors in stripes or ginghams and pair with a white or any pastel hues. The contrast is sure to create interest. Drawstring pyjamas in solid or graphic prints add powerful imagery in simple styles. Pair with short or long kurtas, button-down shirts, T-shirts but be adventurous with your choice of colours. Ethnic styles really work well for most men universally. Caps and bandanas are superb accessories for the summers, try it.

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Shawon, Tamona
Wardrobe Shawon: Chondon
Wardrobe Tamona: Taaga, Aarong

Ls Pick

The blend in Taaga

Fashion means dynamism, and dynamism connotes change. Fusion wear has brought about this vitality in the fashion arena of Bangladesh, one that flaunts comfort and style, all in one package. Women who like to be in their element, whether it is a hectic day out in the office or a jazzy night of partying around, have always embraced fusion wear as their primal source of placate and style. Parading a bit of your heritage and still looking gorgeously in vogue is indeed a concern that many falter to conquer.

Talking about fusion wear, the first name that comes up is that of Taaga, a sub-brand of Aarong that houses a fusion of western-wear with a little deshi touch in its ornamentations and approach. Taaga means 'thread', the core of all that is to be worn. Launched in 2003, Taaga is a favourite of women with a taste for western outfits.

Conspicuous use of floral and structural prints, innovative necklines, flares and hand and machine embroidery can be spotted in Taaga creations. Its uniqueness lies in selection of the finest fabrics, intricate trimmings and simple, yet stylish, silhouettes. The designs are mostly based on themes influenced by trendy patterns and colour palettes and aims at keeping the pieces as simplistic as possible.

Their latest introduction is a range of knitwear with unique and interesting shapes, cuts and necklines. They have a collection of chic bags and non-metal fashion jewellery as well.

The current summer collection of Taaga has a whole range of tops, skirts and flared bottoms that are perfect for summer. And they come in fun, playful layered flares, tie-and-dye, natural colours, trendy sleeves and sleeveless patterns.

The fabric mostly used is cotton and the colour palette has been kept on the lighter side, like pastels in light shades of blue, pink, white, green, etc.

Aarong's Taaga has done a great job in pioneering the fusion wear culture in Bangladesh, allowing younger generations the freedom to incorporate the best of both worlds and dress as they like. Taaga's up to date fashion knowledge has made it a well-known name in the fashion industry and a favourite of those who like to keep it classy, comfortable and trendy.

By Afrida Mahbub
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Tamona
Wardrobe: Taaga, Aarong
Makeup: Farzana Shakil



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