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22 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM

Tangail weavers busy ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr

Tangail weavers busy ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr

This is a busy time for weavers in Tangail as they are working round the clock to produce traditional Tangail saris to meet the huge demand for apparel before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. Though the price of yarn has gone up, the weavers are intent on continuing production as such saris are in high demand this year.

Tangail saris are famous, both at home and abroad, for newer varieties, fine quality and classic designs. Some of the well-known Tangail sari-producing areas are: Pathrail, Putiajani, Nolsudha, Nolua, Borotia, Chinakhola and Mongolhore under Delduwar upazila; Balla, Rampur and Elanga under Kalihati upazila,  Bajitpur, Korotia, Kalibari and Krishapur under Sadar upazila. Quality saris also get produced in Sadar and Delduwar upazilas.

It is gathered that there are 8,000 pit looms, 51,000 Chittaranjan and 5,100 power looms in the district. The number of looms has increased to 70,000 before the coming Eid. About 2.5 lakh workers are employed in weaving Tangail saris. The produced goods are sold in Chattogram, Sylhet, Barisal, Dhaka, Rajshahi, Gazipur, Mymensingh, Dinajpur and many other places across the country.  Tangail saris are exported to Europe, America, Japan, India and Saudi Arabia.

Most of the saris are sold from Pathrail, Korotia and Balla. Pathrail is called the capital of Tangail Taat sari.

Local artisans said that they started to manufacture saris three months before Eid to cope with the demand. They are also producing cotton, pure silk, half silk sarees this year. They are also producing three pieces for girls and panjabis for men. The saris are being sold from Tk. 750–20,000 per piece.

Gitanjali Das of TMSS NGO from Boghura said  she bought 500 pieces of Tangail sari for their sales centre. Many buyers are visiting Krishnapur, Pathrail and Bajitpur to buy saris.

Rogunath Basak, president of the Tangail Sari Babosayee Samity, said that Tangail weavers got huge orders from different districts this year. They also received massive orders from Kolkata, India. But it would not be possible to meet all orders due to manpower shortage, he added.

It is learned that muslin, zamdani, soft silk, half silk, dhotori, dengu, resom, tasar, baluchuri, fortly, gas silk, net jute, bahari sari, tissue silk and various qualities of cotton saris are being produced and marketed in the district. These are being sent to different showrooms in various districts.

Weaver Mone Montoo produces cotton net saris, which are being sold for Tk. 2,750 per piece. Cheap jute katan is being sold for Tk. 7,350, madraji cotton taat benaroshi for Tk. 2,150, ND silk for Tk. 2,950, contact kuchi ball half silk for Tk. 3,150, net jute silk for Tk. 6,000–10,000, jute katan silk for Tk. 3,850, half silk for Tk. 3,000-15,000, three colour gas silk for Tk. 3,350.

He produces Pakistani swarna katan at a cost of Tk. 16,500. Saris up to Tk. 40,000 are being produced and sold in Tangail.

Jogewshar and Co of Pathrail produces muslin and silk. It is a full jamdani sari for Tk. 30,000 and a half silk Jamdani for Tk. 16,000.

Golam Mustafa Khan, secretary of Tangail Taat and Bostra Babosayee Samity, said that cotton chusha, Baluchuri, half silk, jute silk, Zamdani sari are being sold to a large extent this year. Trader Neel Komal Basak of Pathrail said that prices of sarees cannot be kept fixed owing to the hike in yarn prices.

Cheap Indian low quality print sarees are threat to quality Tangail saris, he added.

He told The Independent that saris with better or newer designs cannot be produced for want of skilled workers.

Sources said some traders come to Bajitpur from Kolkota to buy Tangail saris ahead of Durga Puja every year as they consider the quality of low-priced Tangail saris better than other saris.

Badhuri Chandra Das, a worker, said that he used to work three days a week. Now he works seven days a week.

Another worker, Harun, said that he has been working overtime to have a good Eid.

Abu Ahmed, liaison officer of Taat Board Basic Centre, said the demand for Tangail saris has been increasing every year. "Accordingly, the number of looms is increasing. Weavers will reap good benefits this year after experiencing a rather long economic depression in this sector," he added.



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