Two-day indigenous fair held in Dhaka
9 August marks International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Dhaka, through various social and cultural organisations, has observed the day. To illustrate, a two-day fair promoting indigenous cultures and products took place at the premises of Bangla Academy. The fair was organised by Manusher Jonno Foundation.
The event was a very colourful and vibrant one and the products sold like hot cakes. And why wouldn't they, given that they were a rich and diverse assortment of unique and much-cherished indigenous products.
"There are many hidden treasures in our Hill Tracts, in places like Rangamati," said Shaila Binte Amin, a visitor in the fair. "Not many of us can find time to go there ourselves -- at least not regularly. Fairs like this bring us closer to such cultures and their treats."
Papayas, for example, were sold out when Shaila came in the fair. There were a wide array of fruits and vegetables. For example, bananas, which are distinct in some indigenous areas, made it to the stalls of the fair. The turmeric of Rangamati was another attraction for the customers.
Characteristic edibles were not the only highlight of the fair. Indigenous people boast a long heritage of unique craftsmanship, making products for daily use with natural materials, like 'haat pakha' made of bamboo.
Many people attended the event wearing indigenous attires, which contributed to the necessary vibe of the fair.
And with amazing things on the display, the fair indeed gave a sneak peak of the fascinating culture and craftsmanship of the indigenous people.
- LS Desk
Photo: Muhammad Al Fahad