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Discover the Secrets of Bangladesh’s Colourful Embroidery Heritage

Discover the Secrets of Bangladesh’s Colourful Embroidery Heritage

London ~ Dhaka ~ Jessore ~ Rajshahi ~ Tangail ~ Dhaka ~ London

Come with Colouricious to discover the beauty of kantha stitch embroidery and the rich textile history as we travel through the central regions of Bangladesh. 

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Our journey beings in London, from where we will fly to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.  On arrival we shall meet our representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in. After a bite to eat, its on to explore the capital. As the largest city in Bangladesh, Dhaka has a lot to offer. Ahsan Manzil, aka the Pink Palace is British Raj-ear building, dating from 1872. This stunning residential palace is situated along the banks of the Buriganga River. Dhaka is also known as the City of Mosques and boasts some of the most beautiful mosques in all of Asia, some of which were built in the Mughal era. The star mosque is decorated all over with intricate mosaic designs, and the Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque has beautiful domed architecture. If we have time we will visit Shankharia bazar – a place full of colour, incense and beautiful carvings, the real hustle and bustle of an market. The next morning we will drive to Ruposhi, a village producing Jamdani (one of the finest muslin textiles produced in Bengal) and visit the weaving factory. In the afternoon we will visit Mirpur Benaroshi sharee village.

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On the third day we shall take a morning flight from Dhaka to the district of Jessore. Here we will visit a village called Jhikargacha, which is known for its production of Nakshi Kantha, a type of embroidered quilt. Time permitting in the afternoon we will stopover at Baste Shekha NOG to see the women’s embroidery and hand stitching.

To reach Rajshahi, the next destination on this trip, we shall travel overland from Jessore. On the way is the village of Khdalajapur, where we shall stop to see anarashi (pineapple) stitching. It will take around 5 hours to reach the city of Rajshahi. This calm in inviting city is the historical and commercial hub of the silk trade. Here we will look at the process of silk production and weaving, from beginning to end. That night we will dine and sleep at the Parjatan Motel.

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After breakfast we will tour through the Nawabganj district visiting various Nakshi Kantha villages. This ancient folk art of embroidery and quilting differs hugely from district to district, and even between villages. Techniques vary from the indigenous running stitch (nakshi kantha and par tola kantha) to lohori kantha, cross-stitch, to sjuni kantha, just to name a few. We will also take part in a workshop to learn to art of this form of stitching and motif design.

bangladesh-dying-factoryThe sixth day takes us on a four-hour journey to reach Tangail. On the way we will stop at Sirajganj to see the Lungi & Gamcha factory (native clothing). Once in Tangail we will go see the block printers of Nolshodaha. That night we shall stay at the Jamuna Resort in Tangail.

bangladesh-fruit-dhakaOn the morning of the penultimate day, we will visit the villages of Ubinig and Nolshodha. Here Mr. Kartik shall show us his studio in which he will demonstrate Jaggard weaving and the natural dyeing procedure, with the option of taking part in a workshop. You will also be able to purchase some native saree and lungi here. The afternoon drive to Dhaka should take around 4 hours. Here we shall check in to our hotel and have our final dinner in Bangladesh, ready to leave the following day.

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