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12 January, 2019 11:42:51 AM

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RU students popularise handicrafts

CORRESPONDENT, RU
RU students popularise handicrafts

Handicraft business is becoming popular in Rajshahi University (RU) even as handmade craft is doing a brisk business across the district. Many university students are engaged in this business.

Handicrafts are mostly defined as items made by hand, often with the use of simple tools.

These are generally artistic and traditional in nature. They are also objects of utility as well as of decoration. Some common types of handicrafts are textile-based handicrafts, clay, metal, jewellers, woodwork, stone craft, glass and ceramic.

Handicraft business is related to handmade products available from different parts of the country and selling them at retail shops or exporting them to other countries.

Homayra Jahun, an entrepreneur and a fourth-year student of the international relations department, said, “Naturally, we’re resourceful in craft raw materials available in the country and face comparatively low barriers for entry to market. Handicraft products have potential to earn huge foreign currency. Besides, it has various applications at home and abroad which also provide potential sources of employment.” People have a great passion for these products because they have ethnic flavor and a variety of designs, she said.

Although a large variety of products feature in the handicraft industry, the number of products that dominates the export sector is not many. These are sari (silk, silk-cotton mixed, cotton, jute-cotton mixed, Jamdani and others), three-piece dress, punjabi, fotua, kids’ items, lungi, gaamchha, towel, Nokshikanta, bed cover, pillow case, etc.

Mehejahbin, a student and a resident of Keraniganj, said, “We produce handicrafts after getting orders from customers. We then sell them through courier service companies. As we live far away from the capital, the number of order is comparatively less. But sales are increasing day by day.”

These students with an entrepreneurial bent of mind exhibit their products on the campus on different occasions. They also got positive response from buyers. They have a team that makes and sells these products across the country. “We need government support and easy access to loans to improve our production base for international markets,” said Mehejahbin.

Dr Bilkis Begum, teacher of graphic design, craft and history of art in RU, said,“Handicraft business has a great demand in countries like Canada, Germany and the US. Since Bangladesh is a developing and overpopulated country, its labor-intensive technology can be more appreciated than capital-intensive technology for this industry.”

“Lack of proper marketing facilities, shortage of skilled manpower and dearth of information about international markets stand in the way of export growth of the local handicraft industry. "Engaging a large number of poorly paid workers to the handicraft business will be beneficial for us from two aspects. First, it will reduce unemployment and help alleviate poverty. Second,it will help earn handsome amounts of foreign currency," said Asma Sultana Suci, another one involved in handicraft business.

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