Jewelery exhibition promotes local materials, Bangla literature

Visitors look at handmade jewelery at an exhibition titled Tanumadhya under way at the Alliance Française de Dhaka at Dhanmondi in the capital. – Press release

A handmade jewelery exhibition titled Tanumadhya featuring ornaments inspired by Bangla literature and made from local materials, including fabric, metal and found objects is underway at the La Galeria of Alliance Française de Dhaka in the capital.

Designer, researcher and writer Chandra Shekhar Shaha and entrepreneur Seema Hamid attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition as special guests on April 8.

The exhibition is displaying 60 handcrafted jewelery pieces made by Salma Zakia Bristy and Zubaida Arzu. Each artist is exhibiting 30 jewelery pieces. Besides, Salma Zakia Bristy is displaying additional seven paintings.

The displayed jewelery pieces have been categorized under distinctive series inspired by Bangla literature.

Salma Zakia Brishty’s seven jewelery series are, namely, Gitanjali, Camellia, Sagarika, Kalyani, Pratiksha, Barsha and Labanya. These works are inspired by poems penned by Rabindranath Tagore.

Each series is accompanied by a painting created using mediums, namely, acrylic and mixed media.

Salma Zakia completed her graduation in printmaking from Dhaka University’s fine arts faculty. She gradually started creating handmade jewelery with local materials and designs.

‘I observed that the available jewelery in our markets does not reflect local designs and motifs. Also, it is hard to match jewelery with outfits. As a result, I started making jewelery using local fabrics and metals at the request of my friends and relatives, ‘Salma Zakia told New Age.

‘I started making jewelery with coconut tree leaves. I also designed some gold jewelery. I later started to create jewelery with accessible and inexpensive materials, ‘added Salma Zakia.

Zubaida Arzu’s collections are namely, Shabnam, Satyabati, Dipabali, Rasamayee, Chandramukhi, Apala and Agnibina. These works are inspired by the literary works of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Samaresh Majumdar and others.

Each series is accompanied by an installation work representing the theme of the series.

Zubaida Arzu completed her graduation in graphic design from the FFA, DU. Besides being a painter, she is also an avid fiction reader. She has been inspired by different characters of Bangla literature created by prominent writers during her artistic journey.

‘Many great writers have enriched Bangla literature by creating fictional characters. These characters have been leaving an impression on readers for years. I took inspiration from these fictional works and paid tribute to some key female characters through my jewelery pieces, ‘Zubaida Arzu told New Age.

Arzu continued, ‘These characters have touched me in different ways. Also, I am intrigued by the way women wear different types of jewelery to celebrate different occasions as well as to portray different emotions or stages of life. My jewelery pieces represent my love for these timeless female characters of Bangla literature. ‘

The exhibition will end on April 19.

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