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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 -- email@example.com
By Maheen Khan Fashion designer, Mayasir
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.
Shimmer and sparkle
The white shirt
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
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
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