Thursday, September 23

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Jashore’s weaving industry on the verge of extinction

For years the rhythmic sound of handlooms woke up the residents of Manirampur. Not now. The weavers in this western region are losing the battle to keep the craft alive. They are facing extinction. Manirapmpur upazila in Jashore has been a popular hub for handloom industry. About 80,000 handloom workers live in 78 villages of its 249 villages. Many of the workers are from Bharatpur, Paralo and Muzgunni villages. Villagers here have been used to the sounds of Pitloom and Khatkhati (traditional loom equipment). But these are now falling silent. Abdur Rauf of Paralo village had once 60 to 70 Pitlooms and Khatkhatis in his house. Now he owns only 22 pitlooms. Abdullah, who lives next door, depends on weaving for livelihood but wants to leave this profession as well. Pe...