Why we are doing this?
The London based Stepney Community Trust approached Drik with the idea to hold a show on Muslin in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Stepney Community Trust is based in Stepney, East London, and has a long history of community based action, and heritage projects. Founded in 1982 as the St Mary’s Centre - a housing, welfare and resource project responding to the severe levels of housing and social deprivation in the area; they have, in recent years, worked on a number of heritage projects examining the importance of Bengal-manufactured materials in the history of London’s fashion industry, focussing especially on weaving, and muslin. Over the past 18 months, Drik has begun to research this project, and believes that this is truly a remarkable project for Bangladesh. It is a story that needs to be told with clarity and integrity, acknowledging the huge contribution of the unrecognized community of farmers and handloom workers that has made it possible. The need to research, explore and establish the value of our past skills and crafts, ensuring that they retain a sustainable and significant role in our cultural landscape, is urgent. This project, Drik believes, will be able to play a significant role in preserving Bangladesh’s past cultural heritage and contribute to its economic future.