At 6AM, Rima wakes up to the sun's warming rays as it begins to bake Sonargaon, the Golden Village, in Bangladesh. She kisses her 18-month old daughter, and is off to begin another day amongst her colleagues, who all have jamdani weaving in their blood.
Although Rima is one of the younger weavers in Sonargaon, she is exceptionally talented, having honed her skills over the past 10 years. Her older brother taught her to weave, after he learned from their father, who learned from her grandmother years and years ago. While no one knows exactly how long jamdani weaving has been in their family, it stretches back as far as anyone can remember, creating immense pride, defining their way of life and providing for generations.
On her afternoon break, she comes home to feed and bathe her daughter, giving her mother a break from babysitting duties. Both Rima and her husband work hard to provide not only for the now, but also to save for their daughter's future. After she returns from her afternoon shift, she dives into a meal, freshly prepared by her mother before enjoying a relaxing evening in front of the TV with her family. Tomorrow, her artistry will be on full display again, creating some of the most beautiful and unique fabric on the planet.