June 9, 2009

Come away with me on a little rickshaw ride……

Do you remember those romantic rickshaw rides through the winding back alleys of Old Dhaka? Or, the day you bunked class to ride 3 on a rickshaw [one person on top] and feel the rain trickle down your cheeks? Well if you don’t, here is your chance to relive those rickshaw moments. These miniature rickshaws are from the collection of Shahnaz Yousuf [aka Shima Apa to many of us]. When I was at her place recently, I couldn’t resist not taking pictures of these little delights!

Whoever made the rickshaw in the first photograph below is a pure genius. Look at the little details – the handbrakes, the bell, the pedals, the tires, everything has been painstakingly duplicated from the original. You cannot but admire such dedicated craftsmanship! I am SO PROUD of my Bangladeshi artisans!

*Rickshaw Trivia:   1. rickshaws first came to Chittagong from Myanmar in 1919.   2. rickshaws came to Dhaka via Kolkata around 1930.   3. rickshaw ART varies from region – Dhaka rickshaws are more decorated, Chittagong & Comilla rickshaws are less so, while Sylheti rickshaws are rarely decorated.

 

[image: Shahnaz Yousuf, private collection; photo & styling by Labiba Ali]

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One Response to “”

  1. sid Says:

    Rickshaw’s are one of Bangladesh’s treasure. They are efficient and great for the environment…. Now if only riskshaw drivers followed the rule of the law, then auto drivers wouldn’t hate them.


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