AN INVITATION to the loved ones special day is as joyous as the pretty little card that arrives in all its glory to announce the merry occasion. Over the years, invitation cards have evolved from simple to ingenious as the demands for a more personalized look have taken hold of people’s imagination. Greetings Studio is one such crafts maker that aims to revolutionize the industry with a dedicated approach to understand its customers and deliver something unique and impressive.
Endearingly calling the venture ‘a poetry of paper and wood’, Symon Imran Hyder, the Chairman of Symon AnMi (of which Greetings Studio is a concern), explained his goal to create outstanding handiwork that represents the culture and heritage of Bangladesh using paper and recycled wood. Blending contemporary and traditional techniques, the products of Greetings Studio are a class act catering to both national and international clientele.
From simple to meticulously detailed, each of their designs are elegant and beautiful in their own right. Every customer must ﬁll out a form detailing all the nitty gritty of their vision of the product they order for. Every couple has a different story and personality which they want replicated in their wedding invitation card. Even though the brand has some templates that customers can choose from, it also offers to create designer cards for those with a taste for individuality.
With themes ranging from Persian, Oriental, Victorian and ethnic, the tone of the cards can be serene, pleasant or extravagant. The use of richly hued textured paper, gold foil, painted ﬂoral, whimsical drawings and sketches along with many other techniques and graphic elements bring alive the fanciful imagination of the clients. The brand also offers exclusive fonts and typeface both in Bengali and English to relay the welcoming message to the invited ones. One such specimen of creativity is the card with a prancing horse pulling a crimson- brown carriage under a set of dainty street lanterns against an ivory backdrop. There are many more, some sober with elegant colors and minimal styles while others are grandiose with all the festivities of a great celebration.
Besides invitation cards, the brand also makes wall decor, frames, bookmarks and diary. For wall decor, there are beautiful woodwork of dancing women or workers at tea gardens, proud depiction of liberation war ﬁghters, and quotes and engravings of many great souls throughout the centuries. While wall decors and bookmarks showcase the art and architecture of Bangladesh, it is the frames which, in Symon’s opinion, truly bring out the beauty of what is held within. Named ‘Moner Frame’, this line of product is devoted to capturing the essence of the photos and paintings in a way that encapsulates the theme of the visual with the natural color and texture of the wood of the frame.
A lot of heart and soul go into making these cards and crafts as the artisans of Greetings Studio seek to liberate the spirit of the people whose story they proudly and delightedly become a part of as the brand continues to ﬂourish with experience, skills and recognition.
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