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16.07.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Bibi Russell presenting the result of her collaboration with Liluah Home residents in West Bengal, India at fashion show

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On March 7 2018, the UNESCO Artist for Peace and Bangladeshi fashion designer Bibi Russell presented during a fashion show held in Kolkata, India the work created by the residents of Liluah correctional home in West Bengal, India. Also at this occasion, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee unveiled the name of the brand under which these creations will be distributed, “Bongali”.

In April 2017, the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare and West Bengal Commission of Protection of Child Rights jointly asked Ms. Bibi Russel for her guidance and support in this project. As she believes that all women have a “right to fashion”, Ms. Russell taught these women how to use traditional weaving looms to create a clothing line and accessories and be able to sustain themselves, while also using recycled products. This fashion show also allowed the designers and crafters of the saris and the jewelry to be the models and show off their own work.

This project is a continuation of Bibi Russell’s dedication to teaching her craft. In July of last year and on the invitation of the UNESCO Office in Tashkent with cooperation with the Karakalpakstan Regional Branch of the Uzbekistan Academy of Arts, she took time to help for the training of Uzbekistani craftspeople and designers and prepare them for the 3rd edition of the Festival of Traditional Textile “Atlas Bayrami” (“Celebrating Atlas”), which took place last September.

Bibi Russell was designated UNESCO artist for Peace in 1999 in recognition of her unfailing commitment to the welfare of the weavers of Bangladesh and her untiring devotion to the promotion worldwide of traditional crafts in the cause of human dignity, development and eradication of poverty.




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