Jamdani Festival 2019 begins at Bengal

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 08,2019


Education minister Dipu Moni, along with organisers, looks at a displayed Jamdani sari at the festival.— Abdullah Apu

A five-week festival featuring exquisite Jamdani saris began on Friday at Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi.

The event titled ‘Jamdani Festival 2019’ has been jointly organised by National Crafts Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Foundation in association with Aarong, Kumudini, Tangail Saree Kutir and Aranya.

The festival is featuring Jamdani saris, seminar, photography exhibition and others.

Education minister Dipu Moni inaugurated the festival as the chief guest on September 6, while Nayaranganj City Corporation mayor Selina Hayat Ivy, president of World Crafts Council-Asia Pacific region Dr Ghada Hijjawi Qaddumi and others were present as special guests.

National Crafts Council of Bangladesh president Mr Rafiqul Islam presided over the inaugural ceremony.  The curator of the festival Chandra Shekhar Saha and Bengal Foundation director general Luva Nahid Choudhury were also present at the ceremony.

A total of 30 hand-woven saris of various designs along with 32 over hundred-year-old saris have been displayed at the festival.

The organisers handed over Master Crafts Persons Award at the event.

The award recognises most gifted master weavers and their apprentices for their contributions to Jamdani saris.

Ruby Ghuznavi of National Crafts Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Foundation chairman Abul Khair handed over the awards to five master weavers namely Ustaad Md Sajib, Md Motalib, Md Munir, Ustaad Md Siddiq and Md Jamal and their respective apprentices namely Anwar Hossain, Md Nur Alam, Abu Bakkar, Maqsuda and Shakil.

‘We have to represent our culture and tradition globally. Our aim is promote Jamdani saris among the younger generation of our country,’ said Luva Nahid Chowdhury.

‘Jamdani sari is well-known across the globe. We all have to work together to promote it. I urge the organisers to arrange Jamdani festival every year,’ said Dr Ghada Hijjawi Qaddumi.

‘Jamdani saris represent our rich history and culture. The Jamdani industry flourished on the banks of Meghna and Shitalakkha rivers. Along with promoting the saris we also have to work for saving our rivers. I hope the festival will draw people from all walks of life,’ said Dipu Moni.

The festival will remain open for all till October 12.

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