The Small and Medium Industries Foundation (SME Foundation) and the Association of Fashion Designers of Bangladesh (AFDB) organized the Heritage Handloom Festival at the Gulshan Shooting Club. The event took place from 9th to 12th of February, 2022.
The objective of the festival was to promote, commercialize and initiate a significant exposure of the industrial and aesthetic potential of the handloom industry at the local market through exhibitions and fashion shows.
To this end, students of the BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) were honorably included as one of the event’s participants.
As part of the proceedings of the event, the students contributed to the various facets of handloom-based design by presenting intricate crafting methods from Jamdani, Lungi, Kadi, Chakma, and Mong fabric design to the effective utilization of traditional craft in fashion and how they coincide with the current fashion trends with the objective of spreading awareness concerning the traditional craft culture of Bangladesh.
The aforementioned project is part of a course module encouraging students to conduct research and prepare documentation concerning the various fashion-based crafting methods currently in practice in Bangladesh.
Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury inaugurated the event as the chief guest on the first day. Minister of Industries Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun was present as the special guest.
Hon’ble Minister of Education Dipu Moni MP, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswamy, and the Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki also graced us with their presence as special guests. We were also honored to have among us, former Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, SME Foundation Managing Director-Dr Md Mofizur Rahman, and AFDB President Mantasha Ahmed.
Ms. Sarmily Sarkar, Assistant Professor of the Department of Fashion Studies of BUFT presented an honorary certificate to Jamdani Weaver named Md. Mominur Rahman demonstrated the various techniques of Jamdani manufacture. His contribution to this project has been impeccable.