Author Archives: Craige Tomkins

Rajshahi​ ​Silk – Known Worldwide

The Rajshahi region of Bangladesh is famous for its textile industry. But, it is Rajshahi silk that is most celebrated of its products, with 100,000 people directly involved in its manufacture and export. The industry itself has roots as far back as the 13th century, where it was first referred to as either Bengal or […]

Khaddar – A Timeless Classic

Also known as Khadi, Khaddar is a type of cloth created on a handloom from natural fibres. Typically made from cotton, this style of weaving is common in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. The cloth is created on a spinning wheel called a charkha. Although cotton is the most common raw material used to make the […]

Banarashi – The Finest Wedding Silk

Amongst the finest sarees made in India, Banarashi originally hails from Varanasi. Known for gold and silver embroidery, Banarashi is traditionally worn by brides on their wedding day. The intricate pattern work on this material can take anywhere between two weeks and a month to create – the reason it is so expensive compared to […]

Jam Dhani – A Fabric for Royalty

Hailing from Dhaka, Jam Dhani sarees are known worldwide as one of the finest muslins available on the market. Its floral and geometric patterns are instantly recognisable and highly sought after by people from all walks of life, including royalty. This form of weaving is seeing a revival in Bangladesh, due to government intervention to […]

Kantha – The Pride of Bangladesh

For centuries rural Bangladesh has been much poorer, with fewer opportunities for its residents, than nearby cities. But one of its great riches is the embroidering art of Kantha. This form of embroidery takes various shapes and its products have become a traditional commodity found in homes across Bangladesh. It is usually created with the […]

Tangail – The Tale Behind the Mangos…

Tangail is a district in the central region of Bangladesh. It has the second largest population in the country, just after the Dhaka district. During the rainy season the local river Jamuna actually becomes up to four miles wide, making it one of the widest rivers in the world during this time. It is amazing […]

How to Choose Cushions for Your Living Room

You can fill a living room with as much expensive and visually stunning furniture and accessories as you want but if choosing the right style cushions can make the difference to a beautiful, eye catching living room and one that falls well below its aesthetic potential. But with so many colours, styles and fabrics to […]

Rangamati: The Lake City of Bangladesh

Rangamati, within the district of Rangamati, is the capital of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in south-eastern Bangladesh. It is known as the ‘Lake City of Bangladesh’ as it is situated on the bank of Kaptai Lake, which is the largest man made lake in Bangladesh. The total population of the district of Rangamati is around […]