A 10-day long 'Symphony of Needle-Work', an exhibition accentuated the art on the needle work, organised by country's famous fashion house Bibiana began yesterday with an aim to display the artistic work of needle what highlights the rich aspect of Bangladeshi tradition in designing the dress.
US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat inaugurated the exhibition at the city's EMK center yesterday and expressed his pleasure over the rich aspect of Bangladeshi tradition which Bibiana emphasized with utmost sincerity. The exhibition will run till June 25 to give the young generation savour the country's traditional culture.
"I am so pleased that my first visit to the EMK Center is to join you for this wonderful Symphony of Needle Work Exhibition -- an exhibition that not only speaks to the beautiful crafts and textiles produced right here in Bangladesh, but also speaks to a very rich aspect of Bangladeshi tradition," she after inaugurating the exhibition.
"A tradition to be preserved, protected, promoted and passed on to following generations."
A total of 100 samples of the needle work including Jacket, Shawl, Saree, Scarf, Necklace, handbag, botua which is completely stitched by needle were displayed in the exhibition.
Designer Lipi Khandoker masterminded the design, showing her efficiency in this sector.
In the exhibition programme, needle worker Harun-ur-Rashid who honed this art was hounoured. Akku Chowdhury was also present there. The design work of Lipi however reminded the honourable ambassador Bernicat the poetry of Oliver Wendell Holmes.
"I am impressed by the plethora of colors and designs on display here at our EMK Center, truly reflective of beautiful and vibrant Bangladesh, and reflective of this country's rich pool of talent," she said. "It was the great American poet, Oliver Wendell Holmes who once said, "Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; and it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that -- one stitch at a time taken patiently" creates a pattern that produces unique embroidery. And that unique embroidery slowly becomes a life's tapestry."
"Lipi, your story can be summed up in Holmes' poetry. One stitch at a time, you worked tirelessly and passionately to make Bibiana among one of the top local ethnic fashion boutiques in Bangladesh. This took patience, sacrifice and enduring creativity, and I greatly admire such dedication."
The main target of the exhibition was to give this generation a look at about the country's ancient needle work and its current nature, said the organizers.
"We can draw parallels between the patience and skills on display here to learning how delaying gratification can lead to future gains," The US Ambassador opined.
Since its journey, Bibiana emphasized on to bring up the country's tradition into the fore as they depict it into the design of the dress. At the same time, the fashion house played a great role in empowering the women in Bangladesh, something which the US ambassador noticed and praised.
"That is exactly what you did more than 14 years ago when you set out to launch an extraordinary experiment and revolutionary idea. You have proven that textiles are not only fashionable and a symbol of Bangladesh's rich culture, but they can also uplift women through the wonderful art of handicraft making combined with the entrepreneurial spirit."
"This is truly a Bangladesh success story. A story that needs to be told. A story that needs to be heard. A story that depicts Bangladesh. And a story that can help empower women all over the world."
"This art form speaks to the resilience of women and the empowerment of women. It unleashes the spirit, skills, ideas and entrepreneurial drive of women ? women, who make up half the population of Bangladesh."