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Handloom - in the gloom

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Mar '07
Once known as a Manchester of Bangladesh for its handloom textiles, Narsingdi district is going through a very difficult phase. About 70 percent of the handlooms are closed here.

Over the past thirty-five years, one lakh looms have closed down in this district and around 80,000 weavers lost their employment.

Statistics reveal that total demand for fabrics in the country is about 1676 million metres in form of every day wear like saris, lungis, gamchas. Out of this, only 800 million metres are produced by the local handloom operators.

According to reports, 37.6 percent of the handlooms all over the country are not operational.

The Government should make efforts to pull the handloom sector from this stagnation. More than 10 million people in the country are linked directly or indirectly with handloom industry.

This sector should be uplifted to create jobs at the grassroots level. Besides, handloom products can be a substantial source of foreign currency earnings.

Skull caps, lungis, gamchas, bedsheets, bedcovers, produced by the handloom sector are exported to some Middle Eastern and South East Asian countries.


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