STRENGTHENING LIVELIHOOD

JAMDANI

Jamdani is one of the finest muslin textiles of Bangladesh; Although Bangladesh is a young country the history of its textile traditions goes back to antiquity so Jamdani has been declared by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. As a community still Jamdani weavers are considered as one of the best example in the region for strengthening their livelihood by their forefathers work. A fair number of designs, some more than a hundred years old, have been revived in the last two decades so they have gained confidence in their unique skill and creativity. Then it became essential to create awareness and appreciation among the public about these products of excellence and develop a dependable market for them so that they can survive with their originality. So AJIYER initiate major exhibitions with weaving demonstrations enabled weavers to interact directly with individual customers and retailers and gain understanding of the market mechanism including issues of quality, price, etc. Such events also helped them to market directly through craft development organizations and individuals, negotiating a fair price for high value Jamdanis instead of being dependent entirely on the weekly markets (haats) which are often dominated by middlemen and wholesalers. Still we are working with core Jamdani weaving community in Tangail, Narayanganj and Comilla and continuously giving them advocacy for sustainable future.

TANGAIL JACQUARD

Tangail saree is popularly known around the world especially among the subcontinent people because these sarees have great aesthetic value; Nakshibuti and Jacquard are two unique variety of Tangail saree.

Because of its high production rate, Jacquard is ideal for mass production. The designs are given by the designers or experienced weavers. Jacquard’s was invented by Joseph-Marie Jacquard is a big leap for the textile industry. The Jacquard loom not only cut back on the amount of human labor, but also allowed for patterns to now be stored on cards and to be utilized over and over again. The idea behind the Jacquard-loom was a system of punch cards and hooks. The cards were made very thick and had rectangular holes punched in them. The hooks and needles used in weaving were guided by these holes in the cardboard. Intricate patterns were achieved by having many cards arranged one after the other and/or used repeatedly.

SILVER JEWELRY

Bangladesh has rich heritage of various Silver Jewelry items and it has significant usages in our tradition. So Silver Jewelry becomes another remarkable attraction of our crafts. Most of the time silver smith follows their own designs and patterns but nowadays they are coming up with various modern and innovative designs as well. These designs not only reflect the artistic personality of our craftsmen but also contribute to protect our intangible cultural heritage in Jewelry. AJIYER feels proud to patronize these craftsmen and their products because they carry and protect of our art and heritage by their work.

CLAY CRAFT

Clay craft has also developed its own distinct identity in our craft industry. It more or less runs like a family tradition in nature. Usually whole family of a craftsman gets involved in pottery or clay crafts. Pottery is made by forming a clay body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln which removes all the water from the clay, which induces reactions that lead to permanent changes including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape. Clay crafts are handmade clay objects, dolls or decoration pieces. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing.

METAL CRAFT

Another community has flourished by around metal craft. Iron, bell metal and brass are the main raw materials for these craftsmen. The brass-ware of Bangladesh reveals the high workmanship of the artisans who have handed down their craft from one generation to the other. There are household articles and utensils made out of brass and bell-metal with different shapes and sizes. The principal items of brass are water pots, dishes, bowls, cymbals and other figurines. Artisans also make figurines of elephants and horses from brass with intricate designs.

Bell metal is an alloy of copper and tin and utensils made from it are used for domestic and religious purposes. Many musical instruments or their parts have been made by these craftsmen. Blacksmiths are metal smiths who create objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal by using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils etc. All these metal crafts has made their own demand in Bangladesh.