Jamdani brings new life to villagers in Iswardi
Our Correspondent, Pabna
The undying popularity of traditional Jamdani saree now boosted the economic life of people of two villages under Iswardi upazila of Pabna district.
Nearly 5 hundred families of Muhammadpur and Purbo Tangri villages of the upazilla are currently engaged with the cottage industries of Jamdani saree and Karuchupi Shilpo (decoration of sarees), say the industry insiders.
The weavers of Jamdani indutsty include mainly the rural women who by their fine hand skills stitch the cloth to make sarees of luxury decoration. Hand-stitching is the main feature of Jamdani saree.
This kind of luxury sarees are highly sought after by the Bangalee women who usually wear different festivals like wedding, Eid and Puja.
Although the women of these villages are increasingly getting involved with this industry, there were very few number of women engaged in weaving Jamdani saree here.
“Earlier, few women of these two villages were involved with this profession. But currently, one or two women of almost every house are engaged in this industry,” said Kamrul Hasan, an owner of a Benarosi factory in Purbo Tangri village.
As the business is rapidly burgeoning, the male members of the families have already joined their hands with female weavers in a bid to take the industry to further development. According to the villagers, more than 15 factories have so far been set up in these villages and the produces are supplied to Dhaka and other nearby district markets.
The artisan mainly gets orders of sarees from nearby Jamdani Palli or other clothes traders. They take five to seven days for ornamenting a piece of saree and charge Tk 1,000 to 6,500 depending on its type, size, design and other criteria, a worker said.
“Normally these types of sarees are sold in between Tk 1000 and 2,500. But after decoration, the price of a saree goes up to Tk 8,000 to 10, 000,” he said.
The weavers use chumki and puthi along with boutique works and adding other costly materials for ornamenting a saree.
Badal, a Karuchupi worker, said: “Before Eid or any such festivals, we usuallly get orders for 10 to 20 pieces of sarees per week, but during Eid, Puja or other festivals, the orders go up to 100 pieces per week.”
Aminul Islam Rubel, another worker, said three to five workers remain engaged daily to prepare a saree. The Karuchupi factory owners underscored the need for government’s supports for further growth of the industry. If the government comes up with necessary policy and support, the Jamdani industry can be expanded further and thus it will generate more employments, they said.