The exhibition was inaugurated on February 8, and will be open till February 13, at the Dwip Gallery in Lalmatia, Dhaka
The moment one enters through the doors of Dwip Gallery, one is hooked by a different kind of art. The exhibits at the cozy little art gallery are, by no means, avant-garde or abstract pieces that have a very different effect on the art enthusiast. Rather, this particular exhibition features sari art, with the whole length and breadth of the traditional six-yard garment of the Subcontinent becoming the canvas.
The simple yet captivating pieces were on display at the exhibition, titled “Freedom”, by two accomplished Bangladeshi artists, Abdul Halim Mithu and Rafiqul Alam Mintu, at the gallery in Lalmatia, Dhaka.
At the show, each sari painting captures purely Bangladeshi experiences, steeped in nature—native flowers emanating from the heart of the countryside, little birds pecking at grains, sometimes a lush green wash of paint that has a universal, natural appeal. The paintings done on each elegant sari are reminiscent of Monet’s impressionist pieces, particularly his monumental series, “Water Lilies”. The flowers painted on the saris include the mystic blue aparajita or the butterfly pea, soft pink bougainvilleas, fiery red krishnachura and palash, and the serene water lily, which is perhaps a tribute to Monet. The visitors are getting a visual as well as a sensory treat as they cannot only admire the paintings from a distance, but also touch, and even purchase, the pieces on display.
Besides being artists, the pair has also teamed up to co-create their fashion brand, Shamuk. Shamuk’s clothing can be best described as wearable art, as each piece of clothing is hand- painted to perfection. The exhibition, hence, caters to art and fashion enthusiasts alike by having the exquisite, visually enthralling pieces on display. Shamuk operates mainly through the social media platform, Facebook, and delivers anywhere in the world.
The exhibition was inaugurated on February 8, and will be open till February 13, from 3pm to 9pm.