Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts Foundation

Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts Foundation

Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts Foundation

Narayangonj, Bangladesh

The Folk Art Museum was established in 1975 to fulfill the dream of the celebrated painter Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. The museum has a very rich collection of folk objects of different materials and forms of aesthetic and utilitarian values. These undoubtedly reflect the sentiments, impulse, temperament, moods, idiosyncrasy, skill and expertise of the artists and artisans. It is a national institution, which represents traditional art heritage of Bangladesh, exhibiting objects of exceptional design and skill.At present the foundation has a big complex on a land of 150 bighas (50 Acres), which includes a big artificial lake on a land of 55 bighas, six ponds, a library, documentation centre, sales centre of crafts, a folk stage, two Folk restaurants, a rest house, an ansar camp, a godwon and three crafts Bridge, Crafts Village, local fruit, forestry, medicinal trees and charming garden of fruits and flowers.

There are also two Folk Art and Crafts Museums to showcase traditional Folk Art and Crafts and Folk culture as if they were ever living and never ending.

Folk Art & Crafts Museum

There are 11 galleries in this museum:

  1. Gallery for wooden crafts.
  2. Environment for village life Gallery
  3. Gallery for Scroll Painting and mask
  4. Gallery for different kinds of boats of Bangladesh
  5. A Tribal life Gallery
  6. Gallery for folk musical instrument and pottery, Terracotta Doll, Tile
  7. Gallery for Agriculture and other Iron Products.
  8. Gallery for brass and bell metal crafts
  9. Gallery for folk ornaments
  10. Gallery for bamboo, cane and shital patti (cool mat)
  11. Gallery for special exhibition

Shilpacharya Zainul Folk Art & Crafts Museum
There are two galleries in this museum. The first gallery is furnished with the wooden crafts. Besides the handicrafts made of natural wood of Bangladesh the products are expressed attractively by the deoroma model. In the second gallery the world famous Jamdani sari and Nakshi Katha and textiles of the different parts of the country have been exhibited. The same time, the cotton cultivation system and the total picture of making textiles from cotton is shown attractively through deorama model.