we made your rugs

During the months of March till June of 2019 the founder and designer of SICA Simone Simonato has been working from Bangladesh.
The connection between the designer and the weavers are essential for the development of SICA brand. Which aims to support the local weaving traditions as well as the artisans financially.

Since the fall of the Rana Plaza factory building on 24th of April 2013, a movement to impact for a change in the fashion sector has been taken from designers all over the globe. The movement, called fashion revolution, is made out of brands and consumers bringing awareness to “who made your clothes”.  Simone photographed each of the weavers and shares a bit of their stories:

On the left column you can find the sisters Putul, 22, and Sumi, 19. The bangali weaver Putul (left) is an expert on satranji weaving. She not only weaves beautiful rugs, but also gives Workshops in her village teaching skills to other women in her community. Sumi (right) learned weaving from her inspiring sister. The income of Sumi’s rug weaving supports her fees in the University. She studies sociology and wants to become a teacher in the future.

On the right column from right to left please meet: upper line Gulapi Rani and Monica, lower line Anita and Gulapi.
The up cycled home items made out of this collaboration you can find in our shop session: home collection.

 

  

    

    

 

 

 

Satranji, the handicraft tradition

Satranji, the handicraft tradition

Meaning hundred colour fabrics, Satranji is a deep-rooted tradition of North Bengal.

A Satranji artisan represents the profile of a person with great skill and creativity.

The Satranji activity is crucial to supporting the artisans and their’s community economically. The loom most commonly belongs in the rural home villages as women’s daily activities, shared between domestic tasks and child care. Part of the income generated by Satranji weaving are destined to financing studies for their children.

The art of Satranji weaving still survives in a very limited extent in the region of Rangpur although the artisans concerned face many limitations. SICA celebrates the traditional art applying to it’s upcycled home collection.
The fair trade partnership gives to the local artisans the opportunity to explore and develop traditional crafts and to pursue contemporary designs

 

daily Bangladesh

 


Drinking chai before starting the day and a couple of times throughout the day is very much integrated into Bangladeshi’s culture.

 

  

 


The bright colours with strong outlines are very much present on the streets of Bangladesh decorating rickshaws, trucks, buses and other public transportation. Some register on making rickshaw paintings in a workshop space downtown Old Dhaka.

 

 


 

When the subject is football, the Bangladeshis cheer either to Brazil or Argentina. I have not imagined until experienced being there during 2014’s World Cup. Streets throughout the country had Brazilian flags everywhere. I felt even more blessed and welcomed to intense and beautiful Bangladesh. Some of the decoration permanently stay on walls. Bangladesh I love your smile and love your style!

 

 

text_ Simone Simonato,  photos_ Johann Angermann