Bangladesh holds textile "Jamdani" festival

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-08 22:40:37|Editor: yan
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DHAKA, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- In an attempt to restore the glorious past of Jamdani, Bangladesh has organized a month-long festival in capital Dhaka from Sept. 6 to highlight the textile now well known here as the women wear "Jamdani" saree (women's garment).

Jamdani for its proud heritage of unique textile tradition received UNESCO's Citation as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Bangladesh in 2013.

The festival is organized by the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Foundation, a local organization well known for organizing arts and cultural events.

Organizers say this five-week festival included a world class exhibition showcasing reproductions of 100-200 year old Jamdanis, as well as a collection of original antique Jamdani sarees loaned by well wishers within the country and abroad.

The festival is also accompanied by live demonstrations by weavers at the festival venue.

Jamdani is basically a proud heritage of the Bangladeshi weavers of Sonargaon and Siddhirganj, two famous places on the outskirts of capital Dhaka from where Europeans first procured the fine muslin textile.

Jamdani reportedly reached its pinnacle of excellence during the 16th century and its motifs are said to have been inspired by weavers to resemble local flora and fauna.

Jamdani has already been registered as the Bangladeshi Geographical Indication product.