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Unusual price hike leads Tangail weavers to leave profession
Sep '09
Large numbers of weavers in Tangail are leaving their weaving profession on account of an unusual price hike of yarns, dyes and other materials.

Presently, many weavers here are busy in meeting the high demand of popular 'Tangail Saris' which has emerged due to the upcoming festivals like Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja. But they have not been able to make profits during last two months because of the increasing prices of raw materials.

The price of yarn is Tk 5000 per bale at present, which was Tk 1000 in the month of July. Similarly, a bale of Saiham-82, a type of yarn, is currently being sold at Tk 72,000, up from Tk 68,000 in July, and the price of Saiham-40 is Tk 36,000, which was Tk 32,000.

Price of Gulshan-74 was Tk 55,000 before two months which is Tk 60,000 now. There were about 150,000 weavers in the year 1992, working on over 100,000 handlooms in Sadar, Delduar, Kalihati, Nagarpur, Basail and Mirzapur.

High prices of raw materials forced over 50,000 handlooms to close down and about 20,000 handlooms went out of order in last few years, said Mr. Mufakkharul Islam, Vice President of Tangail Central Cooperative Artisan Society Ltd and President of Kalihati Upazila Handloom Owners' Association.

More than 70,000 weavers with nearly, 37,222 handlooms in 10,000 small and big handloom factories are working in Tangail Sadar and Kalihati Basic Centres of Bangladesh Tat board.

Out of those 37,222 handlooms about 18,573 handlooms in 3,000 factories in Balla, Rampur, Mominnagar, Darikhashila, Kurail, Kazibari, Kamanna, Singair and Behalabari villages under Balla union in Kalihati upazila are in operation, wherein not more than 20,000 weavers are working.

The weavers here sell saris such as Tangail, Banarasi and Jamdani in weekly markets of Karatia and Bazidpur of the district. But many weavers are about to leave the profession due to lack of profit, for which an organized group of merchants is responsible, alleged few weavers.

This organized group of merchants is blamed for making an artificial scarcity of yarns by stockpiling it to increase the prices.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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