A pair of alta (lac-dye) painted feet – a painting that was put on exhibition along with other paintings by Feyeda Shahnaz, freelance artist, at Tuki-Taki's Arts & Crafts Fest. It was a daylong event on December 14, held at The Midori by Lakeshore.
Feyeda said, "Art is connected to my soul. But arranging all the requirements to attend art exhibitions, especially meeting deadlines, sometimes becomes a hard task for freelance artists like me. Here, Tuki-Taki has arranged a daylong event for us and it is a good platform to exhibit our works."
Leonika Hannan, founder and CEO of Tuki-Taki, revealed that their plan was to gather some artistic housebound people, mostly women, at their marketplace and give them a chance to showcase their works and products. Leonika says that their very first attempt at this task was very successful.
Around 50 entrepreneurs had contacted Tuki-Taki to sell their products at the shop's marketplace. But Tuki-Taki authority selected only 14 out of them as their priority was to promote hand-made products.
Hat baksho, a shop, had joined there with hand painted marble fridge magnets that represent Bangladesh's heritage and culture. They are promoting developing miniature of prominent structures, like the National Memorial, the National Parliament Building, the Shaheed Minar, and Ahsan Manzil.
Arabic calligraphy, puppet show, bonsai tree, jewellery, illustrations, bookmarks and notebooks were also available at this day long event.
Raihna Begum is one of the visitors. She brought her daughter along and was enjoying a bhapa pitha at the food court. With a broad smile on her face, she expressed a fondness for this kind of gatherings where one can get a little refreshment along with celebrating Bangladesh's art and culture.