“I grew up in Chuadanga in South West Bangladesh. As a child, I loved building houses with my toys. I’d put one thing on top of another to build houses, buildings, etc. I could put together structures with everything and anything I could find around me. My grandma used to say, I’d grow up to become an architect.
I think a part of me grew up believing that I was meant to be an architect. However, when my HSC results did not fully meet the requirements for architecture school, I was forced to think otherwise. At that point, I decided I wanted to get into an Art School – So I had to get into the best Art School in the country. I collected only one form from one university in the country; this had to be it. I was determined to get into Charukola, Dhaka University, and I did. Needless to say, I was one stubborn kid! I feel privileged, that I was able to study Oriental Art at one of the finest institutes of art in the country and broader Asia.
I’ve worked as a fashion designer at multiple places, including a garment factory which was my last job. Many years and a few major turning points later, I stand here today as a designer at one of the most culturally rich Bangladeshi store. Today, I design clothes that reflect decades of Bengali culture. I love what I’m doing here and honestly, I don’t think I’d rather be anywhere else.”
– A Bangladeshi designer working at a retail clothing store