Muslin Trust

Muslin Trust For the protection, preservation and promotion of Bangladeshi heritage fabrics.
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The purpose of the Muslin Trust is to: • Uplift, Sustain, develop and preserve the traditional skills and art forms of weaving in Bangladesh • Create international awareness the textiles and fabrics of Bangladesh • Create awareness of the art in as a fashion textile In doing so, create strategic partnerships and alliances with interested stakeholders to achieve our mutual objectives. Objectives: 1. Developing a knowledge base about the history, design and application of traditional textiles in Bangladesh through mutual beneficial educational relationships with universities, cultural stakeholders and the wider public: • Research at highest academic levels into the revival of muslin seeds. • Partnerships with leading textile producers, educators and other organisations in Bangladesh to share the knowledge base and promote good practice. • Lectures on Bangladeshi fabrics; especially muslin and its inheritor fabric Jamdani, at textile and fashion colleges in the UK and wider European colleges. • Publications: commission publications, articles and promote existing literature. • Create links with museums across the world that house muslin collections. 2. To work in partnership with leading Jamdani organisations, spokespersons in Bangladesh to foster and sponsor the sustainable production of quality textiles by developing and supporting a master weaver community and apprentices of (the environs) of Dhaka to self-sufficiency and profit: • Create a master weaver community to expand the fashion markets globally. • Create international awareness to increase the sales of Bangladeshi textiles and crafts. • To create a community of designers in the West who are interested in using high quality Jamdani in their designs. 3. To promote, protect and preserve Jamdanis’ and other live Bangladeshi fabrics: • The Muslin Trust will promote Bangladeshi weaves to designers and educational establishments. • We will also provide a powerful lobby to call for the preservation, promotion and protection of endangered Bangladeshi weaves.

Muslin Trust's cover photo
24/10/2019

Muslin Trust's cover photo

Stories behind the sarisBRINGING JAMDANI TO ENGLANDA Muslin Trust projectHeritage fabric from Bangladesh Jamdani has a w...
19/10/2019

Stories behind the saris
BRINGING JAMDANI TO ENGLAND
A Muslin Trust project

Heritage fabric from Bangladesh
Jamdani has a world-wide reputation as a high quality fabric linked to South Asia and has been woven for more than a millenium. Weavers in what is now Bangladesh supplied the growing demands for fine cotton fabrics to many important regions of the world beyond the subcontinent, especially Britain, until the mid nineteenth century.

Background to the project
Jamdani fabric has been recognised in the UNESCO 2013 Representative list as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: a symbol of identity, dignity and self recognition that provides wearers with a sense of cultural identity and social cohesion.

Oral history training
This project is looking to recruit ten heritage trainees to embark on a year-long project to interview older Bangladeshi women in the Merton area of London who came to England in the 1950s to 1980s. The volunteer trainees will find out about the women’s relationship with their Jamdani saris, record the memories associated with this heritage fabric, their journeys here and how textile heritage plays a role in their lives today.

Project outcomes
The heritage trainees will work together to create a film of oral histories, build content for a printed and digital photobook and help produce a public exhibition of their findings. They will learn skills in film, interviewing, photography, documentation and heritage preservation. Training will be provided.

Become a heritage trainee
The roles are volunteer based and we are looking for dedicated individuals. If you feel you are the right person, please register your interest by emailing Anwara Ali, Project Coordinator at [email protected]

Deadline for expressions of interests: 15th December 2019

Project Launch Day
A special open day to launch the project, for prospective trainees to ask questions and to meet the team will take place at the date and time given below.

Date & Time: Sunday 24th November 2019, 11am - 3pm
Venue: Merton Art Space, Compton Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 7QA
How to get there: two minutes walk from Wimbledon Station
This event will include music, talks and refreshments.
For more information, see: www.muslintrust.wordpress.com
Attendance is free. To book places, email: [email protected]

Alternatively call Anwara Ali, Project Coordinator on: 07587 109 461

Stories behind the saris
BRINGING JAMDANI TO ENGLAND
A Muslin Trust project

Heritage fabric from Bangladesh
Jamdani has a world-wide reputation as a high quality fabric linked to South Asia and has been woven for more than a millenium. Weavers in what is now Bangladesh supplied the growing demands for fine cotton fabrics to many important regions of the world beyond the subcontinent, especially Britain, until the mid nineteenth century.

Background to the project
Jamdani fabric has been recognised in the UNESCO 2013 Representative list as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: a symbol of identity, dignity and self recognition that provides wearers with a sense of cultural identity and social cohesion.

Oral history training
This project is looking to recruit ten heritage trainees to embark on a year-long project to interview older Bangladeshi women in the Merton area of London who came to England in the 1950s to 1980s. The volunteer trainees will find out about the women’s relationship with their Jamdani saris, record the memories associated with this heritage fabric, their journeys here and how textile heritage plays a role in their lives today.

Project outcomes
The heritage trainees will work together to create a film of oral histories, build content for a printed and digital photobook and help produce a public exhibition of their findings. They will learn skills in film, interviewing, photography, documentation and heritage preservation. Training will be provided.

Become a heritage trainee
The roles are volunteer based and we are looking for dedicated individuals. If you feel you are the right person, please register your interest by emailing Anwara Ali, Project Coordinator at [email protected]

Deadline for expressions of interests: 15th December 2019

Project Launch Day
A special open day to launch the project, for prospective trainees to ask questions and to meet the team will take place at the date and time given below.

Date & Time: Sunday 24th November 2019, 11am - 3pm
Venue: Merton Art Space, Compton Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 7QA
How to get there: two minutes walk from Wimbledon Station
This event will include music, talks and refreshments.
For more information, see: www.muslintrust.wordpress.com
Attendance is free. To book places, email: [email protected]

Alternatively call Anwara Ali, Project Coordinator on: 07587 109 461

Stories behind the sarisBRINGING JAMDANI TO ENGLANDA Muslin Trust projectHeritage fabric from Bangladesh Jamdani has a w...
19/10/2019

Stories behind the saris
BRINGING JAMDANI TO ENGLAND
A Muslin Trust project

Heritage fabric from Bangladesh
Jamdani has a world-wide reputation as a high quality fabric linked to South Asia and has been woven for more than a millenium. Weavers in what is now Bangladesh supplied the growing demands for fine cotton fabrics to many important regions of the world beyond the subcontinent, especially Britain, until the mid nineteenth century.

Background to the project
Jamdani fabric has been recognised in the UNESCO 2013 Representative list as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: a symbol of identity, dignity and self recognition that provides wearers with a sense of cultural identity and social cohesion.

Oral history training
This project is looking to recruit ten heritage trainees to embark on a year-long project to interview older Bangladeshi women in the Merton area of London who came to England in the 1950s to 1980s. The volunteer trainees will find out about the women’s relationship with their Jamdani saris, record the memories associated with this heritage fabric, their journeys here and how textile heritage plays a role in their lives today.

Project outcomes
The heritage trainees will work together to create a film of oral histories, build content for a printed and digital photobook and help produce a public exhibition of their findings. They will learn skills in film, interviewing, photography, documentation and heritage preservation. Training will be provided.

Become a heritage trainee
The roles are volunteer based and we are looking for dedicated individuals. If you feel you are the right person, please register your interest by emailing Anwara Ali, Project Coordinator at [email protected]

Deadline for expressions of interests: 15th December 2019

Project Launch Day
A special open day to launch the project, for prospective trainees to ask questions and to meet the team will take place at the date and time given below.

Date & Time: Sunday 24th November 2019, 11am - 3pm
Venue: Merton Art Space, Compton Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 7QA
How to get there: two minutes walk from Wimbledon Station
This event will include music, talks and refreshments.
For more information, see: www.muslintust.wordpress.com
Attendance is free. To book places, email: [email protected]

Alternatively call Anwara Ali, Project Coordinator on: 07587 109 461

Stories behind the sarisBRINGING JAMDANI TO ENGLANDA Muslin Trust projectHeritage fabric from Bangladesh Jamdani has a w...
19/10/2019

Stories behind the saris
BRINGING JAMDANI TO ENGLAND
A Muslin Trust project

Heritage fabric from Bangladesh
Jamdani has a world-wide reputation as a high quality fabric linked to South Asia and has been woven for more than a millenium. Weavers in what is now Bangladesh supplied the growing demands for fine cotton fabrics to many important regions of the world beyond the subcontinent, especially Britain, until the mid nineteenth century.

Background to the project
Jamdani fabric has been recognised in the UNESCO 2013 Representative list as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: a symbol of identity, dignity and self recognition that provides wearers with a sense of cultural identity and social cohesion.

Oral history training
This project is looking to recruit ten heritage trainees to embark on a year-long project to interview older Bangladeshi women in the Merton area of London who came to England in the 1950s to 1980s. The volunteer trainees will find out about the women’s relationship with their Jamdani saris, record the memories associated with this heritage fabric, their journeys here and how textile heritage plays a role in their lives today.

Project outcomes
The heritage trainees will work together to create a film of oral histories, build content for a printed and digital photobook and help produce a public exhibition of their findings. They will learn skills in film, interviewing, photography, documentation and heritage preservation. Training will be provided.

Become a heritage trainee
The roles are volunteer based and we are looking for dedicated individuals. If you feel you are the right person, please register your interest by emailing Anwara Ali, Project Coordinator at [email protected]

Deadline for expressions of interests: 15th December 2019

Project Launch Day
A special open day to launch the project, for prospective trainees to ask questions and to meet the team will take place at the date and time given below.

Date & Time: Sunday 24th November 2019, 11am - 3pm
Venue: Merton Art Space, Compton Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 7QA
How to get there: two minutes walk from Wimbledon Station
This event will include music, talks and refreshments.
For more information, see: www.muslintrust.wordpress.com
Attendance is free. To book places, email: [email protected]

Alternatively call Anwara Ali, Project Coordinator on: 07587 109 461

12/10/2019
Jamdani Festival Bangladesh

Jamdani Festival Bangladesh

Jamdani Festival, jointly organised by National Crafts Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Foundation, originally set out to celebrate the proud heritage of Jamdani weaving in Bangladesh, and demonstrate the outstanding skill and artistic finesse of present day weavers.

Through the efforts of the Festival we are pleased to announce that we have received confirmation from World Crafts Council that Sonargaon has been designated as a ‘World Craft City’. It is the first time that a Bangladeshi region has received this honour. We hope this recognition will aid in ensuring sustainable livelihoods for not only weavers, but all artisans involved in the crafting of the loom and implements and the intricate pre-weaving processes. We are grateful to the Government of Bangladesh and local authorities for aiding us in our endeavour.

Jamdani designs are not written down but remembered by the weavers
23/09/2019
Jamdani Designs

Jamdani designs are not written down but remembered by the weavers

Jamdani designs are unique in their range and intricacy. Experience the fundamental designs which are passed down from generation to generation. Know more ab...

21/09/2019
Jamdani Festival Bangladesh

Snippet from the Jamdani Festival taking place in Dhaka as we speak......

The Jamdani exhibition has been organised with the sole objective of showcasing anew, one of the most precious and unique forms of art and craftsmanship from our heritage. It is imperative that we highlight and revive such treasures from our rich past, particularly in today’s modern world, and the Festival and exhibition is a testament to that. The artisans who weave these wonders and are masters in their craft, are a testament to the fact that passion, dedication, courage, patience and skill can achieve excellence. The Festival and the exhibits showcased here is a culmination of the two years of research, exploration and technical practice in the craft of Jamdani weaving.

14/09/2019
Prothom Alo

The Jamdani Festival is taking place now in Dhaka...

‘ঐতিহ্যের বিনির্মাণ’ শিরোনামের এই উৎসব গত ৬ সেপ্টেম্বর শুরু হয়েছে

Jamdani Festival Bangladesh
07/08/2019

Jamdani Festival Bangladesh

Join us in our celebration of the proud heritage of Jamdani weaving in Bangladesh.

More Info: www.jamdanifestival.com

Photographs of Muslin Trust event on 31 March 2019 at Bell House
12/05/2019

Photographs of Muslin Trust event on 31 March 2019 at Bell House

Muslin Trust gave a talk today on Jamdani at Merton's Discovery Day- attended by ladies who wear Jamdani!
11/05/2019

Muslin Trust gave a talk today on Jamdani at Merton's Discovery Day- attended by ladies who wear Jamdani!

03/03/2019

Celebrating Muslin and Jamdani – the fabrics of Bangladesh
Bell House, Dulwich
Sunday 31 March 2019 from 2-4.00pm.
You are invited to Bell House, a beautiful Georgian house on College Road, in the heart of Dulwich, to view a collection of hand sewn gowns recreating the fashions worn by British women from the 17th to 19th centuries. These gowns were sewn in separate projects funded by the National Lottery by 16-18 year old students and older volunteers. The volunteers from both projects worked under the guidance of expert tutors.
The event will begin with short talks on the history of muslin, the presence of Jamdani in the UK and how the dresses were created. Visitors will also learn about the history of Bell House.
If you would like to attend, please contact Muslin Trust, [email protected]

26/12/2018
Dainik Jagran

Jamdani weaving in Bangladesh....

दुनिया का सबसे बढ़िया #Jamdani फ़ैब्रिक किस जगह बुना जाता है? जामदानी फैब्रिक के बुनकरों को इसकी बुनाई करते समय कौन सी मुश्किलों का सामना करना पड़ता है? जानिए जामदानी की बुनाई की कहानी जादुई बुनाई के इस एपिसोड में…

Due to a strong demand for weavers coupled with a lack of quality control, a substandard form of Jamdani has begun flood...
15/06/2016
The untold story of Jamdani

Due to a strong demand for weavers coupled with a lack of quality control, a substandard form of Jamdani has begun flooding the Asian markets. These Jamdanis are often marketed under names like 'Dhakai Jamdani' and include mixed fibres, heavier threads and are too garish to wear for normal occasions.

In the early hours of every Friday near the Demra Staff Quarter on the outskirts of Dhaka, a market comes alive with a frenzy of activities. This is a traditional haat, a place where a large number of saris and Jamdani fabrics are available at wholesale

Final few places available for Muslin Trust's special showcase this Saturday at Kobi Nazrul CentreThe Muslin Trust would...
25/04/2016

Final few places available for Muslin Trust's special showcase this Saturday at Kobi Nazrul Centre

The Muslin Trust would like to invite you to meet with the trustees, students and community who have helped make a success of the Jamdani Project. The final garments made of Jamdani will be on show alongside presentations showing how the two garments were created.

The special showcase will be held on Saturday 30th April from 2pm-4pm at Kobi Nazrul Centre, 30 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR, off of Brick Lane.

There are a limited number of places for this event. RSVP [email protected] to confirm your attendance.

Street Children in Dhaka learn about the Jamdani ProjectDuring our recent visit to Dhaka, the Muslin Trust's Creative Di...
02/03/2016

Street Children in Dhaka learn about the Jamdani Project

During our recent visit to Dhaka, the Muslin Trust's Creative Director was invited to Leedo Street Children's 'Peace Home', a small centre which houses and helps vulnerable children living on the streets of Dhaka.

The children from all ages were very receptive to Muslin Trust's latest endeavour, the Jamdani Project, knowing many of the processes involved in making a garment on a traditional hand loom.

Thank you to Forhad and the Team for being so welcoming.

If you would like to help Leedo Street Children, you can donate or find out more through the following link:

http://streetchildrenleedobd.org/#top

Don't Miss the Textile Exhibition of the Year! Last few days to see the Muslin Festival at the National Museum in Dhaka,...
02/03/2016

Don't Miss the Textile Exhibition of the Year!

Last few days to see the Muslin Festival at the National Museum in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The multi-faceted extravaganza called the Muslin Festival has so far included a book launch, fashion show, dance drama, round table discussion and exhibition. The event brought together experts from across Bangladesh, India and the UK. The public exhibition has been praised for being a first of its kind in Bangladesh.

Drik, a leading Photo-Journalist Agency asked the Muslin Trust to get involved with their latest project over a year ago, with a common aim to revive, restore and regain understanding of Muslin, the infamous textile of Bengal and Bangladesh.

Muslin Trust's historic dresses were on show with Trustees participating in the fashion show and round table discussion.

The Muslin Festival runs until 4th March at the National Museum in Dhaka - don't miss it!

If you think it's a long way to go then we've taken some sneaky photographs for you to enjoy.

For further information, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/events/451482235014925/al

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Founding Trustees: Rifat Wahhab: Chair and Director Dr Muhammad Ahmedullah Dr Sonia Ashmore Lipi Begum Ruby Ghuznavi Saif Osmani

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