Returning on the heels of the success of its debut last year, the International Weavers Festival this year switched gears from a three-day bonanza to a compact “capsule festival” format, which brought together all the elements of a full festival into one fun-filled evening.
Featuring an eclectic lineup of local designers, both established and breakthrough, and an impressive lineup of international designers from India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Portugal, the event was a celebration of the centuries-old weaving traditions from around the world, presented through the lens of contemporary design.
This year’s event took place at the ICCB open field, the first time this particular location has been used, and in addition to the fashion showcase, there were folk songs and live music, and awards handed to institutes, designers and weavers for their contribution to the cause. Perhaps the piece de resistance for the event was festival director Tootli Rahman’s fashion drama “Robi Anuragi”, which depicted the iconic styles of twelve female protagonists from the works of Tagore.
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal graced the evening as Chief Guest, while in attendance as Special Guests were US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, Bhutan Ambassador Sonam Tobden Rabgye, Ejaz Uddin Premanik, State Minister, Ministry of Jute and Textile, and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) lawmaker Moinuddin Khan Badal.