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Talk in NYC

We had a full-house for the panel discussion organized by SAWCC at the Asian American Writer’s Workshop on April 29, 2013. The panel, “Illuminating Contemporary Feminisms in South Asia,” included a presentation by Monica Jahan Bose and Nandita Ahmed on “Storytelling with Saris” and a...

by Monica Bose on April 29th, 2013
1,485 Comments   Events, Updates

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Update 10: Website Launch…

Update 10: Website Launch, Performance, and Talk! Dear friends, I have several exciting pieces of news. First, we have launched a website for Her Words: Storytelling with Saris. Check out the bios of the 12 Kathakhali women working with me on the project. Much more...

by Monica Bose on April 18th, 2013
1,881 Comments   Milestones, Updates

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Project Update Talk & Demo

Big thanks to all of you who made it to my project update talk and printmaking demonstration at the Brentwood Arts Exchange on March 16 from 3- 5 pm! It was a full house and what a nice surprise to see so many new faces....

by Monica Bose on March 17th, 2013
1,448 Comments   Events, Updates

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Update 9: Goodbye Katakhali

I am back in Dhaka after a whirlwind 9 days of travel, work, and celebration down south in my ancestral village, Katakhali, on Barobaisdia Island. It was a fanstastic experience — better than I could have imagined. I was accompanied by my mother, my daughters,...

by Monica Bose on January 27th, 2013
1,684 Comments   Updates

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Update 8: Photo Shoot!

We had a fantastic day of sari making followed by a photo shoot and singing and dancing to celebrate. These women can really move! We have been working very long days to get all the saris and oral histories done. We borrowed a table from...

by Monica Bose on January 24th, 2013
1,631 Comments   Updates

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Update 7: First Saris

The sari printing has begun and it was incredible fun! We made seven saris collaboratively today. Tuli and Koli played with goats. We have received gifts of papaya, a chicken, and buffalo milk so far. Here are some photos of the sari printmaking.

by Monica Bose on January 21st, 2013
1,684 Comments   Updates

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Update 6: Writing Workshop

I am writing from Katakhali village, Patuakhali. I have met all the women in the Samhati program and the Her Words project work has begun with 12 of the women. So far we have met to discuss the project, started the oral histories and each...

by Monica Bose on January 20th, 2013
78 Comments   Updates

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Arrival in Katakhali

We made to Katakhali yesterday afternoon, arriving at around 4:30 pm. We were on the very slow local ferry for about 19 or 20 hours (quicker than the usual 24 hours due to strong river currents). The last stop was Rangabali, the neighbording island. Then...

by Monica Bose on January 19th, 2013
1,606 Comments   Travel

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On the ferry

On the overnight ferry (“launch”) now. My portable modem is working and they have electrical outlets to charge my stuff! Nandita and I are planning out our strategy for documenting the project with photo and video.

by Monica Bose on January 18th, 2013
65 Comments   Travel

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Update 5: Leaving for Ferry

We are in Dhaka, Bangladesh and leaving for the ferry terminal very soon to start our journey to Katakhali. It will be approximately 24 hours by “launch” ferry boat to Rangabali Village in Choto Baishdia Island. Then we will take a smaller boat to Barabaishdia...

by Monica Bose on January 17th, 2013
1,633 Comments   Travel, Updates


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