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Threads of Heritage: Bangladesh-Thailand Silk Exposition

Bangkok, 27 May 2016:  Dedicated to Queen Sirikit as a tribute to Her Majesty’s contribution to promoting heritage silk in Thailand and to all the cotton and silk weavers from Bangladesh and Thailand who have kept our heritage looms alive, the Threads of Heritage Show being held at Grand Ball Room of Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC), Bangkok on 30 May 2016 from 4 pm to 5.30 pm. The show is part of the Bangladesh trade and Investment Expo 2016 from 30 May to 1 June 2016. This show is going to be contoured by 3 celebrity designers from Bangladesh and Thailand. Bangladesh designers would be paying tribute to Queen Sirikit Chitralada Project Silk Shop by using Thai silk from North-eastern Thailand in their couture ensemble. The Thai designer would be paying tribute to Bangladesh heritage silk from famed Rajshahi silk. We are proud to present Rina Latif, who is internationally acclaimed fashion designer who dedicated her career to promote Muslin silk in Bangladesh and we are also proud to present Ms. Maheen Khan of Mayasir Couture who dedicated her career for folk and ethnic heritage artisan in Bangladesh. Bangladesh would be specially showcasing Bangladesh heritage silk, silk Muslin, silk kattan, silk Jamdani and some other silk varieties in the fashion show. We are very excited that Mr. Sudjitt Sudjitt, Thailand’s celebrated designer from finale wedding studio would be showing his studio couture.
Minister of Tourism and Sports H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul will be present in this show as Patron and Chief Guest of Honour of the show and Bangladesh Commerce Minister H.E. Mr. Tofail Ahmed will also be in the show as the Special Guest.
Bangladesh Embassy is very happy that designers from both country have joined their hands to design new and traditional fabric and attires that speak of the ancient and contemporary cultural connectivity between Bangladesh and Thailand- two neighbourhood countries.
We are also very excited that fifteen top models from Bangladesh, ten beauty pageants of Thailand and fifteen top celebrity Models who will all embellishing the threads of heritage show-symbolic of the sense of friendship between the two Bay of Bengal nations. 
Bangladesh-Thailand Threads of Heritage show

Celebrity Thai Models 
 Thai Models
 Celetrati Bangladeshi Model
Brief Biography of Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem
Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem has taken up respectfully as Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand and Cambodia on 14 November 2014. She has also been appointed as Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UNESCAP.

Prior to this Ms. Tasneem headed the United Nations Wing as a Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh for the last five years. She also served as Director General of the External Publicity Wing of the Ministry. Before joining back at the Ministry in early 2009, Ms. Tasneem served as Minister (Political and Press) at the Bangladesh High Commission in London. She also served at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nation in New York as Deputy Head of Mission and Counsellor. Earlier, Ms Tasneem served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different capacities in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including in the United Nations, South Asia, SAARC, BIMSTEC, Administration, West Asia and Americas and the Pacific Wing.

A career diplomat, Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem joined the Bangladesh Foreign Service in 1993, prior to which she worked as an Industrial Planning Engineer at the Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation Head Office in Dhaka.  Ms. Tasneem obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET), Dhaka and a Master of Science Degree in Public Policy and Planning from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

The areas of expertise of Ms. Tasneem include multilateral issues such as international peace, security and strategic issues, United Nations peacekeeping and peacebuilding, counter-terrorism and financing of terrorism, anti money-laundering and targeted UN sanctions regime, disarmament and non-proliferation, democracy, human rights, anti corruption and governance, international humanitarian law, law of the sea, trafficking in persons, women empowerment, Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda. She also has extensive experience in South and South East Asian Regional Cooperation issues within the ambit of SAARC and BIMSTEC and specializes in peace, security, immigration and counter-terrorism issues within these Regional Cooperation mechanisms including the ARF.

Ms. Tasneem has negotiated regional and international documents for Bangladesh in a large number of high-level International Conferences and Summits including the Commonwealth Summits, UN General Assemblies and Major United Nations Conferences of 90s, SAARC and BIMSTEC Summits, UN Human Rights Council and Asia Pacific regional meetings. She also accompanied Prime Minister of Bangladesh to several UN General Assemblies as senior delegate.

She has served as an expert in a number of National Committees on security issues the drafting of the National Defence Policy of Bangladesh and revision of Bangladesh's War Book. She also served as Member Secretary to the National Committee on UN Security Council Resolution and National Task Force on repatriation of Refugees and Undocumented Nationals from Myanmar. Ms Tasneem served as a member of the Finance Ministry, National Committee on Anti-money Laundering and financing of terrorism and Bangladesh Bank, National Task Force on anti-money Laundering and repatriation of launder resources. Ms Tasneem was also the Women in Development (WID) focal point for Ministry of Foreign Affairs.      

Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem is the editor of several Foreign Office publications including on Bangladesh Foreign Policy, Bangladesh at the UN, UN Peacekeeping, Bangladesh’s cultural heritage and tourism,  and the Foreign Affairs Journals. She also specializes in media, communications and publicity matters.