|Studio Master:||Prof. Dr. M.A. Muktadir, Nujaba Binte Kabir, Ayasha Siddiqua|
|University:||Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology|
The proposed facility is designed for the preservation, promotion and proliferation of traditional handloom industry of Chittagong Hill Tracts. The project is sensitive to rich cultural identity of the tribal people and aims to contribute in sustainable living practice in the south-east region of Bangladesh. It also aims to promote local tourism and empower the local community by offering training and life skills.
Bangladesh Small Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) provides support services to indigenous craft including weaving industries. Rangamati Handloom, specially Kamar Tant is amongst the most important traditional crafts which is under threat of extinction. One of the aims of this project is to preserve these traditional crafts by transferring the knowledge to the youths through training and awareness program.
Usually a raised platform containing open and semi open terraces is the common feature of the tribal houses of hill track areas. The houses are constructed of local materials such as bamboo, wood, grass, and these materials are abundantly available in the hilly areas. The settlement pattern is eked out of the natural settings and contour characteristics of the hill. Therefore, most of the houses are organized along the pathway, creating linear settlement patterns. The varied size pathways create scopes of gathering and activity spaces for the inhabitants. Veranda and decks are aligned to the pathway and oriented towards the natural view.
Surrounded by hills and a narrow channel of Kaptai lake, the proposed site is gifted with a scenic view of nature. The project is designed consciously to celebrate the nature. The design and layout of the proposed facility respect the topography and other natural features of the site. Conceptually, this design approach is not divergence to its nature and appraises vernacular method of building and construction.
Further, the valley is 1800 feet above sea level so that it holds more humidity. Considering comfortability, all the walls are designed as perforated and roof section is kept open toward wind directions for cross ventilation.
Building materials of this project are chosen carefully respecting the local tradition. The bamboo walls and posts are set on concrete base for longevity. Joints are made of steel so that any replacement of bamboo set can be made easily. Extended roofs are supported by inclined bamboo poles for preventing driving rain water.
The production spaces for fabric are very simple. Traditionally, local people use their courtyard, or any enclosed area as outdoor working spaces; and indoor works are mostly done in their veranda or semi-shaded spaces or on their raised platform, known as macha. The proposal adapts this practice into design and has envisioned production spaces of similar nature.
Amongst the various categories of loom, this project is mainly focused on Handloom, Power loom and Kamar Tant. In order to increase the efficiency of production, research lab, classrooms, training facilities and workshops are provided to explore and innovate extensive opportunities to make best use of these crafts to a wider extent of possibilities. Apart from all these training and research facilities, there are designated spaces for exhibition, multipurpose activities, sales and display. These facilities will aid to trigger the engagement of the tourists with the local craftsman.
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