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Oitij-jo Collective presents
Shama Kun & Rukia Ullah: Exploration of Bangladesh Nakshi stitching (R&D)
Until Tuesday 8 November 2016
In a Nutshell
Exploring handmade luxury sustainable textile products produced in Bangladesh; Nakshi stitching and Khadi material.
This is Oitij-jo’s first R&D exhibition - where we are following Rukia & Shama as they start their journey into exploring the hand woven Khadi material; found in Bangladesh and the famous Nakshi stitching.
Nakshi comes from the Bengali word "naksha", which refers to artistic patterns. The stitching was used traditionally to make ‘Kanthas’ or quilts by using old sarees and other materials. Rukia will explore the spirit of this very traditional process what now would be called ‘recycling or upcycling’.
Shama will be exploring the often neglected Khadi also known as ‘Khaddar’ which has a long history in Bangladesh dating back to 16th Century. The material is mainly woven from cotton and blended with silk or other materials by hand on the ‘Chakra’.
We will follow the two designer’s exploration of the material and the stitching from Bangladesh within the contemporary setting of urban UK. It will be a presentation of a journey made by the designers in their exploration of Khadi and Nakshi stitching.
What to expect
Work from Rukia will include visual presentation / drawings of Nakshi and an installation made from swatches and embroidery rings.
Shama will also be presenting visual images and presentation of the making of the Khadi and her exploration with the material itself.
A ‘people before profit’ label, Shama Kun focuses on keeping indigenous Bangladeshi textile knowledge alive while providing culturally inspired, cutting edge yet modern wear for the modern woman. Shama Kun ethically produces all her range in rural weaving belts and craft cluster of Bangladesh.
Rukia is British Bangladeshi, graduating from the London College of Communications (UAL). Her specialism is print and pattern design along with fashion design – her explorations through design now include understanding her cultural roots of Bangladesh – her collections are thus inspired from Bangladesh and its diverse heritage, and she aspires to engage further with this by drawing her inspiration from Bengal’s rich cultural heritage.
Why does Rich Mix matter
Rich Mix provides a platform to present the work being done to the local and London wide diverse community and also engage directly with designers and others form the sector who know the space.
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Things you should know
The Open House for the exhibition is on Tuesday 1 November at 6pm in the Lower Cafe Gallery
This event is wheelchair accessible.