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Craftsmen need to raise product quality with innovative designs

Apr '07
Bangladesh Handloom Board organized the 'Indigenous Handicrafts Exhibition' at Manik Mia Avenue. The ceremony was inaugurated by Adviser for Textiles and Jute Geeti Ara Safiya Chowdhury on Saturday, March 31.

The fair was attended by many dignitaries like Secretary of Textiles and Jute Ministry Abdur Rashid Sarker, Secretary of Liberation War Affairs Ministry Dr Abul Kashem Mahbubul Alam.

Safiya Chowdhury stressed that craftsmen should raise their quality of products and adopt exceptional and innovative design to attract buyers. Training should be given to artisans of indigenous handicrafts to meet public demand.

According to Bangladesh Handloom Board Chairman Abdul Hakim Mandal, about 36 percent domestic demands are fulfilled by handloom industry and it accounts for around Tk1000 crore value addition in the national economy every year.

The industry provides livelihood to around 15 lakh people but it is passing through a very gloomy situation as problems like lack of capital, age old technology and unskilled workforce are ruining this industry.

About 140 stalls of handloom clothes, jute and leather products and handicrafts featuring Benarasi Katan of Mirpur, Jamdani saree of Sonargaon, Lungi of Ruhitpur, indigenous clothes of Rangamati, Rajshahi Silk and shawl of Kumarkhali are being displayed in the month long fair.

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