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Friendship’s ‘Colours from the Chars’ display centre opens in Dhaka

  • Published at 02:59 pm May 10th, 2018
Runa Khan opens Colours from the Chars

The showroom offers handwoven products at affordable prices

A showroom, showcasing handwoven products by women from remote shoals, has been opened in Dhaka by Friendship, a non-governmental organization working with marginalized people.

Handwoven scarves, shawls, gamchas, unstitched salwar kameez produced in an environmentally friendly manner, and miniature replicas of Bangla's traditional sailboats are available at affordable prices.

"The main idea behind Colours from the Chars, a fashion brand by Friendship, is to empower the most marginalized people living in the chars,” Runa Khan, the NGO’s founder, said at the inauguration on Tuesday.

She said traditional methods and local looms were used in the whole process of colouring, printing, embroidery and cloth making. No harmful chemicals were used either.

People from around the world are purchasing and wearing the products, she added.

Friendship, founded in 2002, has been working in remote areas where its particular focus have been vulnerable and abandoned women of the shoals. 

It established several weaving centres and trained the women, who now hand weave traditional, artisanal fabrics and clothes.

Runa said about a hundred women now work in the five weaving centres in Gaibandha and Kurigram, while about a thousand women had been trained in the last decade.

“We gave them the wherewithal to achieve their hopes and dreams, to see the fruits of their labour,” she said.