Neelambor: The Shibori Touch
Shibori (Shiborizome) is a Japanese term used for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing or capping. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie n' dye. In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with a shibori technique dates from the 8th century. Emperor Shomu's donations to the Todai-ji in Nara, contained many prints using the Shibori technique, providing evidence of the methods existence for quite a long time.
Until the 20th century, not many fabrics and dyes were in widespread use in Japan. The main fabrics were silk and hemp and later cotton. The main dye was indigo and, to a lesser extent, purple root. Shibori and other textile arts, such as tsutsugaki, were applied to all of these fabrics and dyes. There are numerous kinds of Shibori, as mentioned and each is a difficult one to master yet rewarding for those who persevere.
Muira Shibori is a process which uses a hooked needle and plucks sections of the cloth. The thread is not knotted, and is just looped. This gives a water like design. Nui Shibori is a simple running stitch which is used and then the cloth is pulled together to become tight. It is then knotted and dyed. This is a time consuming process. There is also Kumo Shibori which is simply a pleating and binding technique where the cloth is bound very closely to give it a spider like design. Arashi Shibori is a technique where the cloth is wrapped around a pole tightly with a thread. The cloth is then scrunched and dyed resulting in a design on a diagonal. Suji Shibori is a hand folded over a rope core in a similar fashion to Arashi Shibori, then bound and dyed. Finally, there is the Kanoko Shibori which is otherwise called as tie n' dye. Here, certain parts of the cloth are tied with thread or rubber bands to get the desired pattern.
Although a relatively new concept in the country, Shibori's uniqueness and hand-crafted authenticity has won numerous admirers. Shahid Hussain Shamim, the brains behind Prabartana, helped to popularise this concept and with the advent of Eid, Prabartana has just launched its latest line, “Neelambor”, which is of only Indigo Shibori designs. The focus on one particular colour is a result of the designer's wish to mirror the hues of the sky. Indigo is also seen as a calming colour and it also does not attract heat.
Prabartana's collection includes panjabi's, fatuas or both genders, saris and three-piece suits with prices ranging from Tk. 700-5000. For the unique look, Prabartana has quite a collection to offer this Eid.
Prabartana is located at 6/8, Sir Syed Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka.
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Herbal Solution's monsoon offer
Herbal Solution de Spa and Beauty Studio celebrates the month of monsoon by offering a 15 per cent discount on all their services. Located at Baridhara Park Road, the Beauty Studio offers a range of services from haircut to make-up, body massage, etc.
There are also numerous attractive packages on offer such as Party Make-up, Mini-Facial, Herbal Oil Massage, Manicure, Sun Burn Therapy and Pedicure among numerous others. A huge discount is also being offered for Foot Relaxation treatment. This includes relief for foot pain and “Indulgent Pedicure”.
For more information contact: 9867050 or visit Herbal Solution de Spa and Beauty Parlour located at 22-k, Park Road, Baridhara, Dhaka.
Aarong's Eid-ul-Fitr collection of saris
Add a daub of traditional touch to your Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations with Aarong's own designer saris that comes with a select variety of designs ranging from ethnic to modern. Aarong's Eid-ul-Fitr collection brings you contemporary compositions in silk and muslin with integrated fineness of cut-work and smart use of machine embroideries to bring Aarong's classic nakshi kantha stitches. Also to be seen are exciting uses of in-trend colour-blocking and a whole new range of saris with futuristic use of a palette of bright colours. Keeping the festive mood in mind, Aarong offers an exclusive range of 'Katan' saris with geometric and paisley motifs put together with contemporary styles of banded, contrasting and textured bodies and anchals teamed with intricate zari woven borders. Also look out for a range of modernistic saris with uses of natural dye blended with the expertise of tie-and-dye, batik, chunari prints and other dyeing techniques. So, stay in style with your pick from Aarong's Eid-ul-Fitr collection of saris for yourself or a loved one.
Royal Bridal Treatment
Harmony Spa is now offering an exclusive spa treatment named “Javanese Body Lulur”. Javanese Lulur is an ancient beauty treatment, which originated centuries ago in the palaces of central Java in Indonesia as a "purifying" ritual for Javanese princesses as they prepared for their wedding day. Naturally occurring herbs, spices, foods, clays and minerals are created and used in this royal body treatment. Availing this offer, you will be pampered just like the princesses of yesteryears. First, a massage is given using Aroma Massage oil, then a skin scrub with the Lulur recipe follows and after that your skin will be splashed with fresh yoghurt. Next you will be invited to soak in a fragrant, luxurious flower petal bath. It will soften and sweeten your skin, slough away dead skin cells, bringing forth fresh new skin, stimulate the cell activity and restore the pH balance of the skin, which will feel as soft as silk. And ultimately your skin will be left soft, supple and radiant.
The Lulur is a truly invigorating experience for every “to be Bride”. So come and pamper yourself with Harmony Spa and enjoy a cup of herbal tea and snacks after finishing this royal treatment!
For details, call 01716 749479.
One more CFC in the city
A new branch of California Fried Chicken & Pastry Shop was inaugurated in the city on 12 July. The ninth instalment of the food shop is housed at Gulshan 2, opposite the German Embassy, on Road 55, house12/B. Numerous renowned personalities of the country graced the inauguration.
California Fried Chicken, better known as CFC, made its debut on the local culinary scene in 2003 and has been serving scrumptious fast-food items ever since. It is not a local brand and not a franchise -- however, CFC maintains international standards in food preparation, outlet maintenance and service.
Anjan's Eid before Eid
For the fashionable, Anjan's brings out its latest line of shalwar kameez sets, saris, panjabis and much more. The new line introduces the newest designs and patterns, which are sure to turn heads, come Eid. The saris come in half-silk, muslin and cotton and are available with prints, embroidery and karchupi. In hues of blue, green and brown, the saris are priced between Tk.1000-30000. The kameezes come in the two lengths, but the neckline, sleeve and cuts vary. Made from different fabrics, the shalwar kameez sets are priced between Tk.2500-11,000. Panjabis are priced between Tk.750-8000. The Eid collection also includes a children's line, jewellery, sandals and home décor items.
This week, the World section of the Washington Post takes a look at Checkpoint Charlie, the historic crossing point for military and tourists to meet at the Berlin Wall. The photo essay captures historic moments to remember this carnival-like place full of world significance, as well as European culture as we know it.
Cholera and Television
Journalist Alessandra Stanley discusses the television's role in bringing aid workers and poverty stricken people of Haiti together (New York Times). This is true when talking about cholera, for example; television also shows how foreign workers have little faith in local efforts to help their country develop.
Moves like Jagger
Bestselling author Christopher Andersen uncovers the layers of stories of rock music's crazy icon, Mick Jagger, in MICK -- an openly direct biography. Based on interviews with friends and family, and the many fans, the new book sheds light on a man who has changed the industry forever.
Zoe and Kate are top cyclists fighting for a spot in the 2012 Olympics; they also happen to be best friends with completely different stories. While Zoe is a bit 'out there', Kate is married to a biker and has an adorable daughter. Gold, a new novel by Chris Cleave takes us into the world of sports, enhancement drugs, and human nature mixed with competition.
Coming back to the X-Files
The just-released X-Files from Britain reveals the country's Ministry of Defense's UFO Desk's real opinions on the possibility of aliens visiting the Earth (The Guardian, Science section). The 6,700 pages of bizarre government files talk about alien technologies, crazy speculations, and many “what ifs”. Spooky!
By Olinda Hassan
Deal with cuts and bruises
We all fall victim to minor regularly and knowing how to respond to the resulting cuts and bruises is an important step to preventing infection and further illness. Although first aid skills including CPR and basic wound care are must-haves, we seldom end up acquiring them.
Here are some basic tips that will come in handy when dealing with simple cuts.
A paper cut is just one example of a simple cut. Scissors, box cutters, broken glass, pronged metal fasteners, safety pins, cat claws, kitchen knives, tools and any sharp objects can also cause minor cuts.
There are a few simple rules when caring for simple cuts: immediately apply pressure to the cut. Use a clean compress such as a wet antiseptic tissue or a large towel if you've cut your hand, leg, or arm. Continue to apply pressure until the bleeding stops.
After you've stemmed the bleeding, wash the cut with soap and warm water, taking care to clean any debris in or around the cut. It is advisable to use Dettol or Savlon while doing so.
Apply ointment or spray on the cut to avoid infection. Cover the cut with a sterile bandage to keep germs out. Let the cut heal before permanently removing the bandage.
See your doctor if the cut reddens, develops pus, or doesn't heal within a few days.
Some cuts are not minor, although they may appear simple at first.
Where simple cuts are concerned, there are times when you should not hesitate to seek medical attention. If you've been clawed or bitten by an animal, have acquired a cut from a rusty instrument, or can't remove debris from a cut, see a doctor immediately to ascertain if a Tetanus shot is required. Most importantly, always keep a first aid box at your disposal.
By Afrida Mahbub
Charge your phone right
A lot of us have an almost psychotic tendency to keep our phones as much loaded with charge as possible. We always keep an ardent lookout for scopes of battery drainage. To see if we are doing it right, here are some pointers to what you should have on your checklist.
If you are using a smartphone, try closing down unnecessary applications. If you are not using wirelesss or bluetooth, switch those options off as well. It is not always necessary to have a blazingly bright display all the time. So once in a while, when you are in for a long day out, you can choose to keep that intensity down.
Most of us believe that we should charge our cell phones as soon as one of the bars go down. Though that helps keeping your phone all charged up in the short run, in the long run this might detrimentally affect your battery. Hence choose a convenient day when you can soak up all the charge form your cell phone to a point where it closes down on its own. Then recharge your phone from scratch. This will help extend the longevity of the battery.