Ambassador Bernicat attended the Seminar on Jamdani Motif Preservation 2016, held on Sunday, December 18 at the National Museum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Embassy Dhaka was awarded an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation grant in 2014 to help preserve the intangible cultural heritage of Bangladesh’s “jamdani” handloom weaving. The National Crafts Council of Bangladesh is the grant recipient organization, and artist, designer, and cultural protector Mr. Shahid Hussain Shamim is the project coordinator.

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Shashya Prabartana, in various regions of Bangladesh,works closely with farmers, creating awareness for organic farming. “It won’t help much if you alone practise organic farming in your small field whilst all the farmers in the neighbouring fields are using chemicals and pesticides,” explained Shahid Hussain Shamim, one of the directors of Shashya Prabartana. “Therefore, we aim to have massive chunks of land where farming will be all-natural. We already declared some villages as chemical-free.”

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Mr Shahid Hussain Shamim, CEO of Prabartana Ltd and also General Secretary of NCCB, voiced concerns on protecting the local Jamdani weavers and their unique craft and raising awareness about counterfeit Jamdani variations.

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Shahid Hussain Shamim, a former Secretary General of NCCB and presently Director-in-Charge of Prabartana, a leading enterprise for fabric development, concentrates on the findings of his study of four major historical haats or rural markets in different regions of Bangladesh. The research is on the weaving of gamcha, a traditional fabric of rural Bangladesh, popular for its durability, softness and low price. Shamim also discusses how certain handloom products are made by different type of looms.


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Emphasizing the necessity for arranging specialised tourism centering the rural lifestyle, Shahid Hussain Shamim said that agricultural and craft-based tourism have special appeal among the tourists. Agricultural and craft-based rural lifestyle, traditional food, costume and rituals of many indigenous and rural communities can be a major element for creating attraction among the tourists, especially the urban people and the foreigners, to inspire for visiting Bangladesh, said Shahid Shamim, CEO of Ajiyer Fair Trade Tourism.

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Discovering Dhaka

Shahid Hussain Shamim, the speedster, is the go-to man for all your local sight-seeing needs. Some morning, on a sudden break, he may whisk you away to the fish market on Chittagong Road or vegetable market in New Market or the meat market at Karwan Bazar. While these may not pass as the fancy hot spots of Dhaka, particularly to foreigners, Shamim’s treasure trove of fascinating stories about the different places around the capital, however, will give you a glimpse of the “real Dhaka” – faces of the city’s dwellers, real people and their livelihoods, their daily hardships and their small moments of freedom, relaxation and pleasure.


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Art of Textile: Manipuri Textiles from Bangladesh and Myanmar Launching Ceremony

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The Natural Cultivation
In 1992, the U.S. had set an embargo on Cuba, a time in which the island nation would produce copious amounts of the finest quality tobacco and was dependant on imports for sustenance. Shahid Hussain Shamim, the Director of Prabartana and ShasyaPrabartana, was astonished by how the Cubans prevailed under these circumstances. “They were a country that had 8 tractors per hector of land so you can imagine the chemical incorporations. Fidel Castro brought in 48 scientists and within 18 months, they had become self-sufficient in terms of agricultural production.”


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Separate policy stressed for promoting green tourism

“Scoping of enterprises and greening supply chain of the Tourism and Hospitality and Agro-food Processing Sectors”


Textile arts of Bangladesh


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