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Acknowledgements This book and project would not have been possible without the support of a global team, including over 170 contributors from around the world. My deepest gratitude goes to all of you. I especially want to thank all the members of the Katakhali Cooperative, Mahmuda Lina for coordination in Bangladesh, translator Jahanara Hasan, Phil Davis of the Brentwood Arts Exchange, Margaret Boozer of Red Dirt Studio, book designer Mahmood Al Mahdi of the Dhaka Art Center, Storytelling with Saris intern Kerin Backhaus, John Paradiso of 39th Street Gallery, Enayetullah Khan of Cosmos Group, Rachel Breunlin of the Neighborhood Story Project, Nandita Ahmed, Leah Stoddard, Roksana Badruddoja, Matoara Islam, Joyeeta Anila, and my mother Noorjahan Bose. Thank you also to Jennifer McMahon, Michael Bennett, Jaseem Ahmed, and Bernard Welt for editorial help. Finally, many thanks to Hasan Mahmud for his invaluable guidance on book design.

I am indebted to the generous sponsors of this book: Jaseem Ahmed (Malaysia), Dale and Julie Bennett (USA), Noorjahan Bose (Bangladesh), Janel Callon (Japan), Steven Escobar (USA), Liz Georges (USA), William and Linda Goldman (USA), Marius Meland (USA), Anika Rahman (USA), Jenifer Rogers (Hong Kong), Hidaya Tazi (Morocco), Samhati (USA), and Cosmos Group (Bangladesh).

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Dedication I dedicate this book to Jean Leiserson (1925-2012), a dear friend of my parents and a long-term supporter of Samhati and its work for impoverished women in Bangladesh.

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Table of Contents Her Words by Monica Jahan Bose Essay by Leah Stoddard Hawa Hasina Khuku Rani Nasima Noor Sehera Parveen Roxana Salma Shahida Shima Zakia Zulekha Essay by Roksana Bodruddoja Sari Photoshoot Singing and Dancing Studio Photos of Saris Works on Paper Samhati and the Katakhali Cooperative Excerpt from Agunmukhar Meye by Noorjahan Bose

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The twelve women of Storytelling with Saris.


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