Weaving Wonders

By MWB Desk

The Muslin at Le Méridien Dhaka is a celebration of our rich textile heritage

Bangladeshi textiles have had a long and storied history, woven through centuries of rich tradition. Our saris, in particular, have never lost their appeal. Taking a closer look at the woven wonders available in our capital city, a ‘Dhakai’ sari is something of a status symbol, and can even enjoy pride of place as an heirloom piece.

The Muslin, helmed by Tasnuva Islam, is a venture that curates locally woven saris from our skilled craftsmen, as a way of upholding our proud textile heritage. This month, MWB descended on the outlet, located on the lobby floor of Le Meridien Dhaka, to play dress-up with its dazzling Dhaka Benarasi saris.

Gimme red

There was a time when a Dhaka wedding was unthinkable without the presence of the classic red and gold Benarasi sari. The smooth-as-butter silk, with a regal brocade border is a statement outfit that requires very little by way of embellishment to stand out, but is versatile enough to welcome a more-is-more aesthetic with lots of bling.

For our portfolio, we dived deep into the warmer end of the spectrum, experimenting with shades like carmine red, a warm orangey tomato red, and a more pinkish watermelon shade. The elaborate zari work just blooms against the warm shades. Paired with chokers, bangles and chandelier earrings from Zaveri Gold, these looks scream regal elegance. These red-hot looks work best when worn with toned down hair and makeup.

Blue is the warmest colour

If the red is too hot to handle, you can always look to the opposite end of the colour wheel and go for another traditional favourite, the blue and silver Benarasi. This is a combination you can wear without guilt to someone else’s wedding or add modern accents and take it out partying.

We selected two vibrant shades of indigo and cobalt blue, and paired it with more intricate neck pieces and earrings, with another shock of blue at the wrists.
Add some warmth back in the face with a darker lip, and this ensemble is ready to live its best life.

Fashion Direction & Styling: Mahmudul Hasan Mukul
Assistant Stylist: Morshed Ronan
Photography: Naymul Islam
Models: Mysha Rahman & Snigdha Chowdhury
Wardrobe: The Muslin
Jewelry: Zaveri Gold
Makeup and Hairstyle: Md. Shohag
Location Credit: ‎Le Méridien Dhaka

“Textile arts are versatile and can transition from use to use, and that is their true genius” ~Sandra Espinet

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