Though Khadi, the handspun, hand woven natural fiber cloth, holds utmost significance in our country’s culture, throughout the years its virtues and contribution had become somewhat recessed. Deemed to be a fabric commonly worn by a niche audience, what the fashion scene required was a revamp and a re-introduction to this magic fabric. ‘FDCB Presents TRESemmé Khadi The Future Fabric Show 2017’ offered that platform for fashion designers and fashion lovers to gather and celebrate the revitalization of this fabric. As 19 eminent Bangladeshi fashion designers and 7 illustrious international designers showcased their avant-garde khadi collections, one could only marvel at the sheer beauty and versatility of this fabric and the creativity of each designers. The event was held from November 03-04 at International Convention City Bashundara (ICCB).
TRESemmé was the title sponsor while the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Bengal group Ltd. were major contributors to the event. Media partners of the fest were Maasranga television and Banglanews24.com.
Bangladeshi designers who participated in the show were Maheen Khan, Emdad Haque, Kuhu, Chandana Dewan, Shaibal Saha, Biplob Saha, Lipi Khandoker, Maria Islam, Farah Anjum Bari, Shahrukh Amin, Nawshin Khayer, Tenzing Chakma, Afsana Ferdousi, Raka, Faiza Ahmed, Rima, Sarah Karim, Farah Diba and Rupu Shams. International designers, namely Rasna Srestha (Nepal), Himanshu Shani (India), Jacqueline Fong (Malaysia), Chimmi Choden (Bhutan), Sukeejit Dangchai (Thailand), Nelun Harasgavama (Sri Lanka) and Soumitro Mondal (India), also took part at the festival.
“Our journey for Khadi pays homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu who had undying love for home textiles, “ said President of FDCB, Maheen Khan in her inaugurating speech. “We hope that hand woven fabrics like Khadi that is connecting the past and initiating the future will make large contribution to our economy,” she added.
On the first day, 13 designers showcased their creations. Each of them drew inspiration from different themes. For instance- designer Farah Anjum Bari gained inspiration for her collections from Old Bengal Jewelry such as chandelier earrings. The endearing green and white party kameez collections with works of glitter marveled all. The opulence of these collections resembled Mughal splendor and sophistication. Shahrukh Amin worked with the theme Sheetal Pati in alluring motifs and vivid colours.
The pretty laces adorning hemlines spoke elegance while the pristine white punjabi with white shawls adorned with a white scarf presented a novel outlook. Chimmi Choden, the self taught designer from Bhutan, captivated all with her creamy, toned down delights. Simple things give maximum pleasure and such can be concluded from her collections- voluminous stylish kurti closely relatable to mini party dresses of divine colours, long slit dress with grey pants, long orange gown with artwork jacket and much more. The colour black dominated the collections of Emdad Haque but they were presented in an affable, reveling form with their intrinsic golden designs. Sequins and bronze beamed amidst the black and golden tranquility of these dresses. Patachitra was the inspiration of Afsana Ferdousi whose dynamic and animated collections will surely cause a stir among young people.
On the second day, Maheen Khan’s couture collections were charismatic and magical with ensembles inspired by geometric patterns of rural Bangladesh. Kuhu chose to focus on the beauty of gold. It was power and aestheticism reincarnated into her collections. Lipi Khandaker posses a spirit of style, elegance and simplicity, the bright flair of which sparkled in her collections. Mae Teeta from Thailand harmonized the beauty of hand woven fabric that had a blend of the traditional art as well as the charm of the heritage. Tenzing Chakma used colours like red, pink, orange, purple, etc to reflect the tranquility of nature, the enriched heritage of indigenous people and their arts.
In short, the festival had everything a fashionista could ever crave for- from luxurious glittery coati kameez along with loose flowing palazzo to boho chic mini dresses; from serene colours such as mauve, beige, fawn to scintillating colours namely maroon, vermilion and green; from the simplistic rural Bangla folk look to the enchanting cocktail party outfit. With the grand success of the third Khadi festival, we only look forward to another vibrant one in the future. Well, it is mentionable that the exquisite collections displayed at the fest will be exhibited and sold from November 10-11 at Gardenia Convention Center, Gulshan.