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Tuki-Taki art and craft festival brings local artists together

  • Published at 08:17 pm December 14th, 2019
People seen buying hand-made products from a shop at the 'Tuki-Taki's Arts & Crafts Fest’ held at Lakeshore hotel on Saturday, December 14, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The program was arranged at Lakeshore hotel by Tuki-Taki in Dhaka on Saturday

Facebook-based marketplace Tuki-Taki, brought 14 entrepreneurs under one umbrella ‘Tuki-Taki's Arts & Crafts Fest’ where the entrepreneurs showed their talents. 

The program was arranged at Lakeshore hotel by Tuki-Taki in the capital on Saturday.  

Throughout the day, entrepreneurs exhibited and showcased their hand-made products such as fridge magnets, paintings, jewellery, illustrations, and bookmarks.   

Leonika Hannan, founder and CEO of Tuki-Taki told Dhaka Tribune that they expect housebound people, mostly women to join their marketplace.  

“Quite a number of talented women do not have a source of income and do not have a place to show their talent. Tuki-Taki is a place where they can sell their hand-made products as well as exhibit their talents.”  

She said currently there are more than 50 entrepreneurs connected to Tuki-Taki selling their products using this marketplace.   

Hannan told Dhaka Tribune that any local artists can join their marketplace but they have to produce hand-made products.   

She said: “We are not aiming to set up physical stores because most of the shoppers are reluctant to visit stores due to horrendous traffic jams in Dhaka.  

“However, we have arranged this fest so that the artists and the buyers can get an opportunity to meet each other face to face,” she added.     

Rizwan Samad, one of the 14 entrepreneurs, developed a passion for growing bonsai tree since he grew up watching his mother’s passion for bonsai trees. 

Samad now sells different types of bonsai trees including juniper, boiche, boxwood, and ficus through Tuki-Taki.   

Alongside the art and craft festival, there were different activities including puppet shows and art class at the festival.