The movement for the development of crafts in Bangladesh was led by Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, Patua Quamrul Hassan, Tofail Ahmed, Mohammad Sayeedur and others. The effort gained momentum in 1974, with the organisation of the first national crafts exhibition. This was followed by the creation of Karika, the first crafts development and marketing organisation in the country.
Patua Quamrul Hassan, along with eleven others, established the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB) in 1985. NCCB works regularly to promote and develop crafts and the artisans of Bangladesh, through various initiatives. The National Mastercraftspersons Award is one of the most prestigious awards initiated by NCCB, and is aimed at acknowledging and honouring the artisans and their time-honoured traditions. The award was, at its inception, given out every two years. Since 2010, NCCB partnered with the Bengal Foundation, and the Mastercraftspersons Award has been presented annually.
Jamdani weavers are often responsible for producing one of the most exquisite handloom weaves in the world. Men, women and children of the village are all involved at some stage of the production process, and most adult weavers often work as long as 18 hours a day with breaks for meals or prayers. 2019’s Mastercraftspersons Awards is a recognition of the hard work, skill and dedication shared by the Jamdani weavers of Bangladesh. The Award will be presented at the Jamdani Festival to four of the most gifted master weavers and apprentices for their skill and contribution to the community.
Friday 6 September 2019 at 5 PM
House 42, Road 27, Sheikh Kamal Sarani, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209