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

Jersey Clippings

 

text and photos_ Simone Simonato

 

SICA up-cycling home design



NEW CARPETS


Proudly made in Bangladesh presents: SICA home design

The new line follows our ambition of finding beautiful solutions to up-cycle textile waste.

It counts with a range of cozy carpets and home accessories. Similar to our bag collection, the home up-cycled is made on traditional handlooms from northern Bangladesh.

All SICA home designs are processed on Satranji looms, a slow and careful process of tapestry. The result are thicker and stronger pieces, very close to art pieces not only by how they are made but also to the uniqueness of the designs. Our fellow makers decide how to combine and build each pattern. A process of trust and freedom which we build to one another.

We believe that this new fair trade partnership gives to the local artisans the opportunity to explore and develop traditional crafts and to pursue contemporary designs.

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text_Simone Simonato, photos_ Viva Körner

Bangladesh in pictures


Bangladesh in pictures


Throughout many hours spent in traffic in Bangladesh, it is almost impossible not  to notice the vibrant and strong shapes and colours decorating the local transport vehicles. Intuitively and outstanding combinations influence directly my creation, such as to colour combination and patterns of the proudly made in Bangladesh bag collection. This collection is to be not only a celebration of the crafts and the knowhow passed though generations, but also embracing the local aesthetics.

photo_Johann Angermann

 

 

 

 

 

 

text & images_Simone Simonato