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Monday 30 January 2012

Volunteers needed: The Bengal Muslin Project

Closing date for applications: Friday 9 March 2012
An amazing opportunity for anyone interested in fashion & textiles, fashion students, dressmaking, learning new skills and history; this London based project currently requires volunteers. To take part, you need to apply by Friday 9th March 2012.

Project outcome:
You will spend a year learning how to make a regency costume dress, through attending free workshops at The London College of Fashion, Museum of London, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Library and National Maritime Museum and monthly progress workshops. The results (finished dresses) will be recorded in a book and possibly put on display.

Project concept: 
An initiative that tells the story of the relationship between Bengal Muslin and London's fashionistas in the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries who wore dresses made from this muslin. Volunteers will be recruited to undertake research, attend training and then recreate some of these period dresses, using muslin being produced in Bangladesh today. 

The project is co-ordinated by The Stepney Community Trust who have been awarded a grant of £43,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring to light the connection between East London, Bangladesh and London fashion.

1. Deadline for applications Friday 9th Match 2012
2. London College of Fashion workshops - 14, 21 and 28 April, 10am-4pm
3. Museum of London workshops - 4 & 25 April 2pm
4. V&A Museum workshops date/s TBC
5. British Library workshop 17 May 3.30-5.30pm
6. National Maritime Museum workshops date/s TBC
7. Visit to weaver Rezia Wahid's loom
8. Monthly progress workshops

To apply:
For more information and for an application form contact Muhammad Ahmedullah at the
Stepney Community Trust Email: heritageproject@stepney.org.uk
Phone: 0207 377 5482 / 07574987607
Or email me (momtazbh@hotmail.com) and I'll forward you an application form. I'll be applying to take part too!

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