The announcement came at a press conference at a Dhaka hotel on Monday
A four-day "Heritage Handloom Festival-2019" begins on Wednesday at the hall room of Khazana Gardenia at Gulshan in Dhaka.
Planning Minister MA Mannan is expected to inaugurate the festival as chief guest, while State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder and State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid are scheduled to attend the program as special guests.
Aiming at promoting local handloom products, SME Foundation and Association of Fashion Designers of Bangladesh (AFDB) with the support of Ministry of Cultural Affairs are jointly organizing the festival for the second time.
The announcement came at a press conference at a Dhaka hotel on Monday.
Md Shafiqul Islam, managing director of SME Foundation, and Mantasha Ahmed, president of AFDB, spoke on the occasion among others.
Shafiqul Islam said: "We risk experiencing a cultural vacuum if the use of weaving products fades away from our lives.
"This festival will highlight our handloom and weaving legacies. It was arranged to prevent them from disappearing.”
Mantasha Ahmed, president of AFDB, said: "We are doing everything necessary to promote our traditional weavers and this festival will play an important role in the development of the country's weaving industry."
Through this four-day festival, entrepreneurs and weavers would connect with the customers, she added.
“By the use, promotion, expansion and marketing of weaving products, it will be possible to prevent the abolition of our traditional products,” she added.
In a seamless blend of artistic creativity from diverse cultures and traditions, some 45 entrepreneurs and designers in 45 stalls will showcase traditional and heritage products which will be brought from different regions of the country.
Products of 15 sectors will be up for display such as jute products, Jamdani, Khadi, Rajshahi silk, cane and bamboo, folk art, Nakshi Kantha, Mirpur Benarasi, Tangail handloom, Sirajganj handloom (Lungi, Gamcha, Sarees), Rangamati handloom and Monipuri handloom.
The main highlight of the event will be the art of weaving where expert artisans from each sector will demonstrate the different techniques of weaving.
In addition to the products produced by the weavers, the daily used products made by top painters and designers of the country will be showcased at the festival. Besides, the visitors will enjoy the weaving process of these products in addition to the exhibition.
The main objective of this four-day event (October 23-26) is to promote the country’s heritage handloom products and protecting the extinction of traditional items.
The handloom festival will remain open for all from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the inaugural day and from 10:00am to 8:00pm on October 24, 25 and 26.