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Tangail weaving industry on its deathbed
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May '08
Weavers in Tangail have been in such a dismal state that their once flourishing trade of producing the popular 'Tangail sarees' is in jeopardy.

Fibre2fashion interviewed Mr S Mustafa Kamal, Chief Planning Officer of Bangladesh Handloom Board, who opined, “Unreasonably high prices of yarn dye and other basic weaving materials have forced thousands of weaving units to opt for a shut down. Presently, a total of 4221 units of about 37,222 handlooms in the region are non-operative.”

Statistics depict a shutdown of over 50,000 handlooms in Tangail in the past few years because of the same reasons.

There are about 3,000 factories in villages including Balla, Rampur, Momminnagar, Darikhashila, Kukrail, Kazibari, Kamanna, Singair and Behalabari employing some 20,000 weavers.

Most of these factories are engaged in manufacturing Tangail sarees including Benarasi and Jamdani which are sold to merchants across the country. However, considering the present woeful state of the industry, it is believed that a large number of these existing units will halt production as diminishing profits make operations difficult.

Mr Mustafa gave further details on the situation bringing out the fact that similar circumstances are faced by weavers in Sirajganj where 30,809 of 1, 43854 are inoperative. He stated, “On the whole, nearly 2,00,000 handlooms out of the 50,00,000 present in Bangladesh are defunct.”

A plea has been made to the Government to provide subsidies for weaving materials, especially yarn and dye, to save the traditional weaving industry of the country.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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