ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
1 – 4 October 2014
‘An Ode to Tangail Weaves’ exhibits the metamorphosis of Tangail sarees. The show transcends time, depicting the transformation of taant over the last few decades. In the interest of the future of Bangladesh’s fashion textile, the designers of FDCB have worked to create ensembles with Tangail handloom to unveil the potential of taant fabric.
In recent years, Tangail taant industry has experienced encouraging growth. Amongst the many handloom fabrics Tangail taant has retained a distinct identity and popularity both at home and abroad. The practice of the traditional format of its design and weave in lengths of six or seven yards with fine patterned border, is still being exercised by the artisans of Tangail taant. The light airy fabric balanced with a well-woven ground, stands as a testimony to the finesse of the weavers’ creation. In the past, the Tangail saree was worn by both royalties and commoners, and at present we see no change in admiration for the Tangail sarees. The Tangail saree, therefore, is destined to withstand the test of time for years to come.
Through Tangail’s history of weaving we can trace the evolution and influence of design patterns dating back to a thousand years. It is conceived on the loom as a three dimensional garment with variables in pattern weave and structure between its two borders which provide shape, strength and weight while the body enhances its drape. All these elements help maintain the form of the saree when it is worn. Today, however, in Bangladesh, we are witnessing the fast disappearance of the practice of wearing sarees. Young women prefer stitched garments to suit their busy lives. The saree may subsequently survive only as occasional wear. Hence the FDCB, through this exhibition, explores the potential of modernization of taant fabric to suit the needs of contemporary women.