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Weaving London’s Stories

This project explored the relationship between dress and identity within the British-Bangladeshi community in Tower Hamlets, in partnership with the Osmani Trust, a local youth and community organisation.

Bangladeshi jewellery - Weaving London's Stories

Bangladeshi jewellery

Woman hold's out piece of Bangladeshi jewellery

Working with a group of young women between the ages of 12 and 19, as well as members of the wider British-Bangladeshi community, it explored how different generations of women negotiate, resist and re-invent their relationship with traditional Bangladeshi clothing through a number of workshops and events.

Events included a workshop in partnership with arts centre Rich Mix, a ‘show and tell’ community story sharing event, and a weekend festival developed by the young women and held at the Museum of London Docklands to celebrate the end of the project.

Bangladeshi food at community show and tell

Bangladeshi food

Food at the Community Show-and-Tell event was provided by Oitij-jo Collective, a not-for-profit caterers platforming Bangla creativity through public events.

The project recorded a number of oral histories, giving a snapshot into the lives and experiences of British-Bangladeshi women in the area, and also identified a shortlist of dress items and other personal objects to be acquired by the museum.

Further consultation with members of the community will determine the final items which are acquired by the museum.