Rahman Mia (not his true name) have been supplying flowers to the various event corporations of Dhaka going back 5 years. The business enterprise had been therefore robust that he bought himself a bit of area in Sadullapur, Savar. Upon this tiny little bit of possession, Rahman utilized to grow roses of most colours and sizes. Organization was going very well, as usual; but, the pandemic took place and everything turned ugly!
Rahman waited patiently for things to return to common and finally, seven arduous months passed with minimal revenue. Meanwhile, Rahman acquired to let go of his flower store at the city's Shahbag place, along with the majority of his employees.
This decision may possess reduced his losses to some extent, but built no difference to his frequent expenses, whereby he must look after his ailing parents, fork out tuition service fees for his school going children and put food up for grabs.
In order to focus on his pressing responsibilities, Rahman changed his once lucrative flower garden into a vegetable lawn. Today, he sells fruit and vegetables from his farm in the many farmers marketplace of the town. The profit is meagre compared to his previous organization and the competition quite formidable.
Sausan Khan Moyeen, among the reputed event planners of the capital and the proprietor of 'Enchanted Events and Prints,' voiced similar concerns.
"A lot of my flower suppliers (florists) have converted into farmers and veggie retailers on this pandemic. Bangladesh was undertaking good in this sector. However the pandemic caused an enormous slump in revenue as demand fell tremendously. It's difficult to source localized flowers today, but I have managed to encourage few of my old suppliers to shoot for production once again with the warranty that my organization will purchase the produce. This, I did to improve their livelihood also to promote the Bangladeshi floral sector in my little way," said Moyeen.
Just lately, she had the possibility to arrange an ornate wedding for a customer, taking all sorts precautions and necessary methods to prevent any kind of spread. "I have made a decision to call up my pandemic weddings little-big incidents," admitted a beaming Moyeen.
During our rendezvous, the woman showed us beautiful images that nearly resembled the pieces of a 16th century Mughal court. "Because of this particular wedding, we have hired over 250 native artisans and made make use of their fine expertise in rattan weaving and mirror crafting/pasting. The level design has been encouraged by the regal Sheesh Mahal built beneath the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. I tried to obtain a similar feel by making use of the neighborhood artisans, where they proved helpful for countless hours to cut-out each mirror, without any second copy. This is done to emphasise the value of the artisans and their craftsmanship," said Moyeen.
And certainly, the background was gorgeous, with elaborate rattan weaves adjoining the exclusive mirror work made the ceremony appear nothing brief of an imperial marriage ceremony!
The gist of the story isn't how glamorous the wedding had been, however the fact a considerable number of Bangladeshi artisans got an opportunity to earn their living - even during the stringent times of the pandemic.
The designer extraordinaire believes that it had been about time the artisans of our community got their due recognition instead of charity or pity from all of those other community.
Finally, our request to the persons of our community - halting events through the pandemic is logical, but again, if some of us choose to have a small wedding or perhaps a mini-birthday get together with limited number of friends, we should make absolutely sure that the neighborhood artisans and their features are placed to use in these situations.
There cannot be a much better feeling in the world than the smiles of gratitude from the hard-working, and super talented thousands of our own beloved country - Bangladesh.