Sonargaon of Narayanganj has been recognised as World Craft City by World Crafts Council for being the birth place of Jamdani saris.
The announcement was made on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the five-week Jamdani Festival at Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi.
The festival, which commenced on September 6, featured Jamdani saris, seminar, photography exhibition and others.
It was jointly organised by National Crafts Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Foundation in association with Aarong, Kumudini, Tangail Saree Kutir and Aranya.
Textile and jute minister Golam Dastagir Gazi was present as the chief guest at the closing ceremony.
Textiles and jute secretary Mohammed Belayet Hossain and National Crafts Council of Bangladesh executive member Ruby Gazhnavi, former president of the organisation, were present as special guests.
National Crafts Council of Bangladesh president Rafiqul Islam presided over the closing ceremony. The curator of the festival Chandra Shekhar Saha and Bengal Foundation director general Luva Nahid Choudhury were also present.
National Crafts Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Foundation jointly appealed to the World Crafts Council seeking the recognition of World Craft City for Sonargaon as part of the Jamdani Festival where a total of 30 hand-woven saris of various designs along with 32 over hundred-year-old saris were displayed.
‘World Crafts Council received the application for evaluation of Sonargoan as a World Craft City in 2019. After the evaluation process was authorised by the World Craft Council presidency, the evaluation reports by the jurors were passed on to the WCC executive board who decided to designate the city of Sonargoan as a World Craft City,’ read Luva Nahid Chowdhury at the programme.
‘The festival marks a new beginning for traditional Jamdani saris. The weavers and their apprentices deserve kudos for their skill. I hope the festival will reintroduce the passion for Jamdani saris among the younger generation,’ said Chandra Shekhar Saha.
‘I want to thank the organisers for arranging a festival featuring our traditional Jamdani saris. I urge the private organisations to stand beside the Jamdani sari weavers so that they can make a decent living. Otherwise, the industry will not survive,’ said Golam Dastagir Gazi.
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