A four-day fair on handloom products titled Heritage Handloom Festival 2019 will start tomorrow in the capital’s Gardenia Hall.
SME Foundation and the Association of Fashion Designers of Bangladesh (AFDB) are jointly organising the programme for a second time.
The festival will showcase different handloom products before local and foreign visitors along with items prepared by the ethnic communities of Bangladesh.
Jamdani, Monipuri, Mirpur’s Benarasi and Tangail saris, handloom products of Sirajganj along with jute and bamboo goods will be presented in 45 stalls of the show.
The festival will also have demonstrations on how the products are made.
Md Safiqul Islam, managing director of SME Foundation, and Mantasha Ahmed, president of the AFDB, shared the info about the festival at a press meet at the Gardenia Hall yesterday.
Planning Minister MA Mannan is scheduled to open the festival at 5:00pm, after which visitors will be allowed to enter.
The second day will be dedicated for foreign guests only with invitations going out beforehand to ambassadors and foreign officials.
The organisers named the second day the “Friends of Bangladesh Day”.
The third and fourth days will see the doors open for local visitors from 10:00am to 8:00pm.
There is no entry fee for visitors, organisers said at the press conference.
A number of seminars, fashion shows, folk dance and musical nights along with match-making programmes would be organised, they said.
Islam of SME Foundation said the festival would help the small and medium entrepreneurs, especially small handloom businesses, to flourish.
“We want to keep our culture and heritage alive by strengthening such entrepreneurs as they are continuing the business in order to keep their heritage.”