Marking National Jute Day (March 6) 2017, a daylong art camp was organised yesterday by the Ministry of Textiles and Jute in front of the South Plaza of the National Parliament of Bangladesh. The art camp is an attempt to revive the glorious heritage of Jute, the golden fibre of Bangladesh.
Emaz Uddin Pramanik, Textiles and Jute Minister; Mirza Azam, State Minister for Textiles and Jute; the secretary of the ministry inaugurated the art camp. Anisuzzaman, chairman of the Department of Printmaking, Faculty of Fine Art (FFA), University of Dhaka (DU) coordinated to organised the art camp.
Around 200 prominent and promising artists of the country participated at the art camp. Renowned artists -- Samarjit Roy Choudhury, Hashem Khan, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Farida Zaman, Moniruzzaman, Syed Iqbal, Mohammad Iqbal, Aloptogin Tushar, Shameem Subrana, Anisuzzaman, Tajuddin Ahmed, Ahmed Shamsuddoha, Sheikh Afzal, Kamaluddin, Shahid Kazi, Gulshan Hossain, Bipasha Hayat, Bishwajit Goswami, Rezaun Nabi, Abdus Sattar Toufiq, Mostafizul Haque -- along with many promising artists took part at the art camp.
All the artists portrayed various themes on jute canvas. As the theme of the art camp was open, the artists used their freedom to depict diverse subjects. Some portrayed jute and its related subjects on canvas while other depicted their own series and subjects like figures, faces of children, landscape, kite and some abstract and semi-abstract paintings.
Besides, almost 100 students of the FFA, DU, depicted their artistic works on a 200 feet x 10 feet jute canvas. The students portrayed cultural heritage, natural beauty, Liberation War, figures, coin and other themes.
Apart from using different colours to create various designs and motifs on canvas, several artists kept empty space to prominently showcase the jute canvas in their paintings.
Jute is the golden fibre and historically the great pride of Bangladesh. In recent years appreciation for the cash crop at home and abroad has risen, to the point where a welcome jute revival is well underway. Jute can help produce a wide range of products like paper, furniture, shoe, handbag, portfolio, cushion cover, mobile cover, laptop bag, curtain, canvas and more.