day I program in Bangladesh
After a 13 hour flight and a 3 hour stopover, the fashion students and professors from Berlin finally arrived at the airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At 5.30 in the morning, the sky is an overcast grey, and the city sounds of traffic and people can be heard even before leaving the airport. Of the first impressions of Dhaka, the sheer volume of people moving about the city is the most poignant. After a short stop off at the hotel, the students from Germany received a very warm welcome from the BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, Dhaka. After introductions with the project participants, and a brief overview of the BGMEA’s achievements and aspirations (including plans for a new university building), the students were shown around the campus, catching a glimpse of the many classes on offer at the university. It seems that the Fashion study in Bangladesh places much focus on the technical elements of Fashion Design, and prepares students to work closely with the many garment production factories found in the country. Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of textile goods in the world, and so development of this industry carries much importance. This is a slightly different approach to studies in Berlin and Western Europe, which often focus more on the creative side of Fashion Design.
The first day was rounded off with a visit to a few local fashion stores and designers, including the studio from ‘Rezwana’s Wardrobe’; a small business producing sustainable fashion.