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Feminism for a cause
Maheen Khan: A revolutionary designer in clothing industry
Martina Mondol
Publish Date : 2014-09-08,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 10
Maheen Khan is a well-known pioneer in the design industry of Bangladesh. She has created the market for garments featuring local traditional designs. She started her career as chief design coordinator in Arong in 1986. She worked there till 2001. She completed her graduation in Textile from Parsons School of Design in California, USA.
In 2001 Mayasir was established by the renowned fashion designer Maheen Khan. She uses local fabrics such as khadi, cotton, silk and muslin. Mayasir has its own garment factory. It also has modern design. Khan's goal is to put Bangladesh's rich heritage on the global fashion map by providing support to more than 3,000 rural artisans working in her textiles. Most of the employees are women. She said, "I want to develop women empowerment."
Mayasir took part Asia's most anticipated bridal couture extravaganza Bridal Asia in New Delhi India in 2008. Celebrated Bangladeshi designer Maheen Khan showcased her bridal couture, representing the sub-continental fashion. Her collections included Jamdani sarees in this season. She took part in many foreign fairs held in the UK, Paris, New York, Berlin, Delhi and so on.
Moreover, Maheen also writes a regular column on design and heritage crafts for the Amader Kotha, a women-based portal. She is also the founding chair of Arts Council Dhaka, which promotes neglected Bangla art. While on fellowship, she examined heritage textiles, study folk arts promotion and related social enterprises, met with fashion designers, and visit museums and galleries featuring central and south Asian collections and American arts.
She said, "I love what I do. I am constantly inspired to do new things. In my own way I am contributing to my economy, to my society with my own skills. But it is a constant struggle to survive and practice my work."
Khan believes that the fashion world in Bangladesh has changed a lot in last few years. She said, "Fashion is changeable so we have to cope up with this change with traditional materials. Though there remain some limitations."
According to her, the future of this industry depends on how people engage themselves creatively in this sector. She believes that there is a lot more chance and there's no limit of creativity.

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