Drik Picture Library handed over a late 18th century Dhaka Muslin collected from Jaipur, India to Bangladesh National Museum as a long term loan on Sunday at a handover programme at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the museum.
The museum has obtained the Muslin piece for ten years. A MoU was also signed at the programme between Bangladesh National Museum and Drik on the occasion.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor received the silver-embroidered Muslin piece from Drik CEO and Muslin researcher Saiful Islam. The handover programme was also attended by Bangladesh National Museum director general Faizul Latif Chowdhury, its secretary Shawkat Nabi and Bangladesh National Craft Council vice president Ruby Ghaznavi.
The 350X60mm Muslin piece was probably produced during the latter half of the eighteenth century was in possession of a royal Jaipur family. The 500 count Muslin has silver embroidery on its borders and was probably used as a cover on gifts by royal families, informed Saiful Islam.
‘We hope the Muslin would be appropriately displayed by the museum and thousands will be able to see it’, said Saiful Islam.
Cultural affairs minister thanked Drik for the Muslin piece. ‘Muslin is our lost heritage and pride. I thank Drik for the Muslin and for their efforts to revive Muslin’, said Asaduzzaman Noor.
To note, Bangladesh National Museum has two more Muslin pieces in its collection. Among which, one is on display.
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