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Heritage in the threads

The true essence of Bengali heritage can be discovered in many places, including arts, culture and of course unique cuisines of the region. But pondering deeply about the subject matter, we wonder which of these make the most impact in the world. What is the one thing, that has helped make an identity for Bengal throughout the ages?

Being an airline professional for the past two decades, I had the opportunity to travel around the world, learning about places and people belonging to unique and diverse cultures. Spanish architecture, Arabic attire, European languages— I have been lucky to have witnessed them all and based on what I have personally experienced, every culture told a unique story of its own.

And similarly, whenever I returned to my homeland after the travels were over, I often asked myself about our 'very own, unique story. One that we could proudly announce to the world with zero inhibition and one that we could own completely as a part of our ancestry.

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While on my journey to find an appropriate answer, I discovered there were countless stories to share. But I wished for an exclusive scoop, one that belonged to my past generation as well as to the present. And remember how I stalled you in the first few lines? The answer to my quest and your questions lie in Jamdani alone.

Each thread and weave of the beautiful sari has a billion stories to tell. Stories from the ancient times when the majestic garb used to be worn in the royal courts of the Mughals to the beautiful brides that still don the blood red variant of the complex threadwork on her most important day – the wedding. If we take time to indulge into more stories we'd also learn about the extremely artistic craftsmen and their months of labour that go behind the fabrication every single sari.

The Jamdani is certainly a work of pure art that takes dedication, patience, creativity, and precision. For generations, every Bangladeshi woman has adored Jamdanis. In the Golden Jubilee year of our Independence, and as a free and progressive woman of Bangladesh, I wanted to celebrate our heritage.

It is time to cherish and protect what we inherited from our ancestors, come see the Jamdani in all its glory, at My Heritage!

 

Photo: My Heritage by Abeeda Rahman

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