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WHAT KNOTS?

“The hobby loom is his hobbyhorse. At first glance, Bangladeshi Shafiqul Kabirs jute tapestries may recall Shaym Ahujas dhurries. On second thoughts, no way working with jute, hemp, silk, cotton, wool. Kabir weaves unique “fiber sculptures”, his accent more on self-expression than the market.”
 - The Times of India, 25 June 1999

SPINNING YARNS

“From Bangladesh to Calcutta is a small hope for artists, specially when the language expressed on canvas can be grasped so easily on his side of the border since the inspiration often has common roots. Kabir’s commitment to the art forms his interest in tapestry. So his show at the academy of fine arts “till 23 June 1999” presents his approach to the decorative form. He borrows motifs from traditional designs in the folk arts and designs in the folk arts and transforms them into hanging scrolls and yarn sculptures. What is interesting is that his creations can be considered as household items.”
- The Sunday Statesman, India 20 June 1999,India

 

SHAFIQUL KABIR IN SEARCH OF CONTEMPORARY AND AGE-OLD HERITAGE

“Indeed more than the complexity of common design, the vertical figuration of the rope hangers, overwhelming of the horizontal spread of their circular holds, had a profound impact on Kabir’s psyche. The influence is noticeably there in many of his compositions in tapestry, in thrashings as well as in color combinations prominent vertical lines cut through his motifs, often taken from other elements of our folk art.” - The Independent, 11 November 1998, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

WEAVING EMOTIONS INTO TAPESTRY

“Though he draws heavily from traditional forms and designs. He moves smoothly out of the known boundaries of tapestry to give expression to his abstract ideas. In his more abstract forms one would have a certain sculpturesque feel. This has been achieved because of his grasp of other mediums of visual art.” - The Daily Star, 5 April 2000, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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