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heritage on THE RAMPS
The fruitful discussion that took place at the Conference Room of The Daily Star Centre was followed by a fashion show.
The lights dimmed, the ramp was vacant and the guests had taken their seats, waiting to see a fashion show -- the mood was set to put the stage in flames; a fitting conclusion to the discussion on the Jamdani weave.
As part of the roundtable discussion on Jamdani, a fashion show took place at The Daily Star premises, to visually represent the topic of discussion. Sporting Jamdani Saris from Tangail Sharee Kutir, the models lit up the ramps and served a memorable reminder of the need to protect Jamdani as our very own.
With the sounds of Prem Joshua on the backdrop, eight beautiful models took the stage in some dazzling Jamdani pieces. Each sari, whilst unique in design with some bold motifs and patterns, retained the essence of the Jamdani, preserving whilst perhaps attuning it to the current trends. This helped the show stand out.
The words “Seeing is believing” found new meaning as the models presented a visual treat of what we, as advocates of fashion, were fighting for. A Jamdani is for every occasion a fact reiterated by the spectacle that was put on show.
The moment best exemplified the fact that a picture speaks a thousand words. Add the fact that these visual representations were being paraded in the most eye-catching medium, suffice it to say that a message was sent indeed. Hues of blue, green, off-white, cream, purple and various other colours of Jamdani were all shown in this dazzling display of a culture we so prize.
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
GO 'classic' with Katans
I am that girl who has always loved wearing saris. Starting from my mid-teens, I have never let go of an opportunity (read weddings and Eids) to wear one. Even now when I have enough of my own, for every other occasion, I go to my mother's wardrobe to borrow one of the beautiful saris that she has.
Nets, chiffons, georgettes, silks, muslins, cottons -- I have worn them all from my own closet and from my mother's alike. But two prized ones that I am still to don are the gorgeous Katans she has had for as long as my memory stretches. These two Katans were her wedding and engagement saris.
There are two reasons why I have not yet worn them. First, being my mother's wedding outfits they call for really special occasions to be worn at and second, for a while they did not really appeal to me. All this while nets, chiffons and muslins were the 'in' materials if you considered saris and those were what I chose to wear, but like all other trends those could be worn for just so long. The hands of the fashion clock have gone around 360 degrees and it is time to bring out the old Katans that have been stashed away in wardrobes for years.
Katans have made a comeback in the wedding scene recently with brides opting for the traditional material in place of embroidered chiffons and georgettes, which were at peak even a couple of years ago. Obviously if you are the bride you will be getting your own new Katan, but if you are not your mother or grandmother are the ones you should be rushing to.
The place for Katans from the 70s and 80s is on you and not on a hanger in closets anymore. These are classy and rare works of art and on top of that now these are classics. A maroon Katan with exquisite embroidery done all over the body with silver threads and a blue Katan with a navy blue 'paar' with an 'anchol' elaborately embroidered with silver threads hang in my mother's wardrobe.
A look at these saris tells you the story of the hours of hard work that some artisan had devoted to make these into works of art. The intricate designs and the perfect uniformity of each motif just go to show the skills, the concentration and the patience required to have a final product like that. The endless motifs etched into the sari add to its weight, making it look all the more majestic when worn, albeit a little difficult.
Gorgeous Katans are obviously widely available even now, but what they lack in comparison to the ones that our mothers and grandmothers had the privilege of owning, is the quality which is evident from the designs and the material. To add to that, if you are wearing one of these vintage pieces there will almost be zero possibility of anyone at an event wearing anything close to being similar.
Vintage Katans now are unique pieces. The very fact that your mother or her mother before her had worn it at their wedding or when they were young just goes to show how priceless these are. These are heirlooms which are worth handing down to the next generation and you being in line gives you the perfect opportunity to get your hands on something exclusive.
By Karishma Ameen
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