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Bibi russell’s calcutta launch

Bibi Russell Productions opened at ICCR’s Cafe The on Monday evening. The Bangladeshi designer’s creations literally flew off the shelves in a few hours. The best-seller? Glasses with rickshaw art!

Inaugurating Bibi’s Corner, Moon Moon Sen said: “I have known Bibi for many, many years. I love her individuality.... I have picked up a hairband and a beautiful white gamchha. And I’d like to pick up a sari later on, but I don’t have a figure like Bibi’s anymore!” Bibi Russell was all smiles. “I am very happy. It was there within me all this while but I didn’t think I would be able to pull it off. I have always wanted to open a store in Calcutta only!” she said.

Bibi Russell with (from left) Dev, Kallol Datta and Nil. “I love her! She being a revivalist, it is not just about picking up ready-made weaves and customising them. For her, it is right from the yarn and then turning them into fabrics. Her gamchhas and crochet are brilliant!” smiled Kallol. While Dev shopped for a green checked kurta and a gamchha scarf, Nil laid his hands on a pair of glasses. “I like the kurta, very versatile. It is colourful and I like kurtas without collars. And I could not have left without picking up a gamchha,” said Dev. For Nil, there was “something about” the glasses. “You just get drawn! It is totally our style!” he said.

“Bibi Russell is so innovative and she creates something out of nothing, which is a gamchha! I have a Bohemian taste, so I love it,” said Alokananda Roy.

Pictures by Pabitra Das