Muslin Trust

Muslin Trust For the protection, preservation and promotion of Bangladeshi heritage fabrics. 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 Bang

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 Bang

Write a short personal story about JamdaniWe are looking for 12 participants to write a short chapter about Jamdani. Jam...
18/08/2021

Write a short personal story about Jamdani

We are looking for 12 participants to write a short chapter about Jamdani. Jamdani is a flowered motif woven into fine cotton (muslin). This weave is typically seen on traditional saris from Bengal and Bangladesh.

What we are looking for:
Around 500 words of writing: on how Jamdani is worn in the family, community settings and its cultural significance today
You to undertake some online research about the history of Jamdani and muslin in preparation for your chapter
A short interview with you about Jamdani and Bangladeshi textile heritage
A few family photographs of people wearing Jamdani or of actual Jamdani garments

This should be seen as a short personalised project.
We can offer £50 to you to cover any expenses. If you would like to be involved or have any questions please call 07915 234 404 or email [email protected] and we will give you further advice and instructions.

We are giving priority to those living inside the London Borough of Merton although can accept participants from across the UK. Your chapter will be included in an online exhibition as part of ‘Bringing Jamdani to England’, a project by Muslin Trust and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Deadline for expressions of interest: MONDAY 30TH AUGUST 2021

For further information about Muslin Trust visit: https://muslintrust.wordpress.com

Write a short personal story about Jamdani

We are looking for 12 participants to write a short chapter about Jamdani. Jamdani is a flowered motif woven into fine cotton (muslin). This weave is typically seen on traditional saris from Bengal and Bangladesh.

What we are looking for:
Around 500 words of writing: on how Jamdani is worn in the family, community settings and its cultural significance today
You to undertake some online research about the history of Jamdani and muslin in preparation for your chapter
A short interview with you about Jamdani and Bangladeshi textile heritage
A few family photographs of people wearing Jamdani or of actual Jamdani garments

This should be seen as a short personalised project.
We can offer £50 to you to cover any expenses. If you would like to be involved or have any questions please call 07915 234 404 or email [email protected] and we will give you further advice and instructions.

We are giving priority to those living inside the London Borough of Merton although can accept participants from across the UK. Your chapter will be included in an online exhibition as part of ‘Bringing Jamdani to England’, a project by Muslin Trust and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Deadline for expressions of interest: MONDAY 30TH AUGUST 2021

For further information about Muslin Trust visit: https://muslintrust.wordpress.com

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A) have acquired a Jamdani 'stole', a scarf coming from Dacca in present day...
14/07/2021
Jamdani Stole | Unknown | V&A Explore The Collections

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A) have acquired a Jamdani 'stole', a scarf coming from Dacca in present day Bangladesh. You can view the item here: https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O471595/jamdani-stole-unknown/

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Jamdani stole, white with floral pattern, Dhaka, c.1850; Textiles; Accessories

Woven in history
03/03/2021
Woven in history

Woven in history

Saiful Islam, MD of Majority World and Bengal Muslin, is the creator of ‘Legend of the Loom’, a film that illustrates the rich history of the legendary muslin cloth. In this interview with Rafi Hossain, he talks about the history of muslin, what he and his team of researchers and craftsmen have ...

'Muslin: Woven Air' (part 2 of 2)Listen to the interview by Kamala Iyer with Saiful Islam of Drik Muslin. The interview ...
22/01/2021
Part 2 of Episode 17: “Muslin:Woven Air“

'Muslin: Woven Air' (part 2 of 2)

Listen to the interview by Kamala Iyer with Saiful Islam of Drik Muslin. The interview is in two parts.

Drik Muslin 𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙡𝙞𝙣 Orient Textiles Fashion & Textiles BANGLADESHI'S Worldwide Amra Shokol Bangali

https://youtu.be/Z-fH0kl6DcU

Episode 17: “Muslin:Woven Air“Part 2 Muslin a legendary fabric has legions of tales in its telling. Originally called ‘mul-mul’, it was named by Marco Polo a...

'Muslin: Woven Air' (part 1 of 2)Listen to the interview by Kamala Iyer with Saiful Islam of Drik Muslin. The interview ...
22/01/2021
Part 1 of Episode 17: “Muslin:Woven Air“

'Muslin: Woven Air' (part 1 of 2)

Listen to the interview by Kamala Iyer with Saiful Islam of Drik Muslin. The interview is in two parts.

Drik Chobimela/ছবিমেলা Muslin 𝙈𝙪𝙨𝙡𝙞𝙣 Orient Textiles Fashion & Textiles

https://youtu.be/jaLrudMQp-g

Muslin a legendary fabric has legions of tales in its telling. Originally called ‘mul-mul’, it was named by Marco Polo after the large cotton trade through t...

Bengal Muslin
12/01/2021

Bengal Muslin

Prothom Alo, the most prominent Bangla daily, published a report on 31st Dec 2020 regarding the GIS registration of muslin by the Government of Bangladesh (https://en.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/good-day-bangladesh/muslin-belongs-to-bangladesh).
The registration has been reported in other media too and has been welcomed by us.
We have written to Prothom Alo a rejoinder which was published today, covering the facts about muslin's revival, that have been overlooked in their reporting. Below is our rejoinder and a brief timeline to clarify Drik-Bengal Muslin's role in this revival.

Nutshell Today
06/01/2021

Nutshell Today

After 170 years, the scientists and researchers have been able to give rebirth to the Dhakai Muslin. Muslin has not only been a type of fabric for the bengali people, but also a part of the rich heritage that was long lost in the hand of British exploitation. But after the incessant effort of the researchers of Bangladesh who were fully invested in bringing back this lost gem, finally they have become successful.

On 28th December, they were finally able to make a Dhakai Muslin Saree pass through a ring of the index finger, which is regarded to be the judging method for a real Muslin . Scientists and concerned people are now planning on cultivating the cotton which is used for this Muslin production in a large number

Source- https://www.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/%E0%A6%A2%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%95%E0%A6%BE%E0%A6%87-%E0%A6%AE%E0%A6%B8%E0%A6%B2%E0%A6%BF%E0%A6%A8%E0%A7%87%E0%A6%B0-%E0%A6%AA%E0%A7%81%E0%A6%A8%E0%A6%B0%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%9C%E0%A6%A8%E0%A7%8D%E0%A6%AE?fbclid=IwAR10Vo7aClGWfOU-priVT6fVFW41ky-ZnynnFNpNzOqnUOcthnJKHZXVw4I

Muslin Trust launch new oral history project with Bangladeshi eldersOn Sunday 24th November the Muslin Trust launched it...
25/11/2019

Muslin Trust launch new oral history project with Bangladeshi elders

On Sunday 24th November the Muslin Trust launched its new oral history project at Merton Arts Space in Wimbledon attended by over 30 people. The project called 'Bringing Jamdani to England' is due to start running in early 2020, collecting interviews of elder Bangladeshis in England with memories of their textile heritage.

The launch event included live music and presentations from partners including the Museum of London and the Victoria & Albert Museum's South Asia Collection.

Muslin Trust are looking to train 10 people interested in heritage preservation skills and recording testimonies. To find out more visit: www.muslintrust.wordpress.com

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#Museum of London #Bangladeshi heritage #Bangladesh #Bengali culture #oral history #oral histories #Jamdani #textile heritage

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

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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 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.

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