Bengal is the fertile land of Heritage. We have a cultural heritage which tenure is above hundred years. People of this arena are much prudent and proactive to generate new legacy. Please find some narrative messages to enhance your knowledge.
|Nakshi Katha-In which Culture lies!
Before stepping into the article, we got to know what Nakshi is and what is Katha? Nakshi resembles unique design and Katha is plain and simple. It is an exquisite handmade creation of Bangladeshi women. The workmanship of fingers and needle square feet this lucrative thing. The idea is brought from nature and culture of Bangladesh. Its design is aesthetic. Most of the designs consist of flowers, creep, trees, fishes, and birds. The village girls have a sound relation with Nakshi Katha.
We have a legacy of using Katha in everywhere of Bangladesh. There is no particular flow of design. It depends on individual imagination and taste. Design is created via sewing with thread. Most of the designs are enriched with the design of flowers, boat, trees, creepers, and birds, etc. It is unique and versatile products of Bangladesh.
Polly Kabi Jashim Uddin wrote his famous poetry “Nakshi Kather Mat” in 1929. It became one of the most popular poems at that time in Bangladesh. The outer world got their information about Nakshi Katha details after reading this poetry. Each Nakshi Katha is unique which does not match to one another. Every Katha contains new design.
All contains asymmetrical designs. It was made by old used fabric. Once, it was available in every house of the village. Currently, the manufacturing process is accomplished in particular areas with the help of specified people. The output numbers are decreasing day by day. Now renowned outlets Aarong, Shewtuli and kumudini are enriched with Nakshi Katha’s.
The foreigners are also like this item. Eventually, it is being sold out from different shopping malls. But regret to say that it is not enough to retain this tradition. So, we have to encourage the village women to weave Nakshi Katha more. That will be treated one of the best steps to save this legacy.
|Shotoranji- A Golden Past
The weaving technique of Shotoranji is similar to a modern tapestry. Once upon a time, it was the symbol of a royal family that was used as sitting cover, bad cover, wall mat, carpet or any trendy items. Currently, it is used as bag, purse, coin purse, table mat, sofa’s cover, prayer rug etc. It was vastly used during the British period. At that time it was mostly used in the royal palace to show their aristocracy. Aristocracy was not revealed properly without having a Shotoranji at that time in a cultured family. At that time it was vastly exported to whole India, Burma, Srilanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia etc. It was assumed that Shotoranji was grown up in Bengal before 1830. The people who have engaged themselves with this heritage said that it was launched at Rangpur from the ancient Mogul period.
Shotoranji is not only the tradition of Rangpur but also of whole Bangladesh. People have revived Shotoranji of Rangpur which is almost obsolete. It is regaining its previous charm. Thousands of people are holding with this heritage. The poor people are getting their wages after involving with this. Now they are self-dependent. They have created numerous shotoranji with an arty design. This handicraft industry earns a million of US dollars every year by exporting to 36 countries.
If you go to shotoranji village, you may see the men and women are busy to weave shotoranji. Their livelihood sourced from it. A labor of Shotoranji can be made 1 square feet by 1-3 hours. One labor can create around 10 to 15 sq ft shotoranji in a day. They demand 15 BDT for per sq ft.
The developed world likes shotoranji because it is made of natural fiber. We have to enhance workmanship and quality to get a notice for foreign buyers.
Manipuri handicraft is well known among many ancient handicrafts. This is sourced from the heir. The girls of Manipur weave exquisite taste with their hands. Their unique weaving exhibits a symmetrical balance of color and design. All like this Manipuri community because of having varieties. Their an essential and kamij are not only beautiful but also comfortable. The hand-driven tate is available in every house out of our in average in Manipur.
There are three sorts of tate machine available in Manipur. One is waist tied tate, hand loom, and khowang. Many finished goods are made biz This, scarf, lady’s shroud, saree, towel, muffler, gamcha, mosquito net etcetera. At the very beginning, Manipuri Tate was invented to fulfill their local demands. Tate products were being admired and used with the passage of time. Manipuri After all is available in Sylhet and followed by Dhaka as well. But this is hardly found in another district of Bangladesh. Now this sector is facing various hassles, and its demand has taken a stable downward trend. But it demands is in peak outside the country. Its demand is higher in the USA and UK of Manipuri Tate outside the country. This worn industry seeks the patronage of the government to flourish its business in optimum level.
|Lungi- The bottom miracle!
Our journey toward traditional luxurious wearer reaches to an end at Lungi. It is the ultimate and exquisite wearer of Bangladeshis’ men. Why is it exquisite? Let me fetch you in the topic. Lungi is made of cotton, silk via weaving. Lungi is made in solid color and yarn dyed plaid appearances. It is the outcome of a legacy of weaving. This bottom wearer is comfortable and easy to handle.
Lungi gives soothing feeling to the body. The price hiking does not put an impact on this wearer largely. It is cheap and available throughout the Bangladesh. Its availability does not depend on cosmopolitan city or outskirts. The way of wearing it’s indeed interesting. It is round shaped with a hole inside wearer. At first place the legs inside it. Then tie a knot by crossing two edges portion of fabric. The rural people keep the key ring and money inside its knot. It represents our tradition boldly.
|Gamcha- The daily wearer of mass people
You can consider it as Bengali towel. This was enormously used in our society instead of a towel. It is still-in-use in our community. But, the usage percentage has taken a downward slope. After all, that this is a key symbol of fabric culture. Thus is made of hand-loom. It is very comfortable and easy to grip over it.
The best-in-class gamcha is durable. It is thin. That’s why we can reuse it quickly after soaking in water and keeping it under sun ray for dying purpose. Its price is cheap. The village people especially hand-to-mouth people can afford it conveniently. The street hawker and porter also use it. Initially was developed from hand loom. Most of the gamcha are made of cotton or mixed cotton in solid color and yarn dyed plaid appearances. Usually, gamcha is made of colorful yarn what has a close relation with our culture.