RANGPUR: Female artisans are busy with ornamental stitching to female clothes to add extra values, fashion and decency before the holy Eid-ul-Fitr festivity following huge demand of their handwork at sophisticated markets, reports BSS.
Officials at different government departments and NGOs said some 35,000 craftswomen are now extremely busy with ornamental needlework at homes or local enterprises in Rangpur division to earn more at this particular period of the year.“They are now recognised as craftswomen for engagements with embroidering, spangling and ornamental stitching on sari, three pieces and other female clothes,” said Deputy General Manager of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) for Rangpur AFM Jalal Uddin.
Ornamental stitching on female clothes has become a very profitable venture to cut poverty bringing self-reliance to hundreds of unemployed women putting huge positive impacts on rural economy, Jalal said.
The BSCIC, Department of Youth Development (DYD), Bangladesh Rural Development Board, Department of Women Affairs, Department of Social Services, other departments and NGOs are assisting to expand the sector jointly with local traders and entrepreneurs.
Talking to the agency, Deputy Director of the DYD here Dilgir Alam said around 2,500 rural women have changed fortune through the venture with DYD assistance to lead better life with their family members contributing to build a middle income nation.
“We provided necessary training to these unemployed female youths, divorcees and distressed women on sewing and embroidery and disbursed easy-term loans and inputs to make them self-reliant,” Dilgir said.
Such types of home-based or enterprise-based embroidery works have got shape of growing cottage industry creating huge jobs for unemployed female youths to cut poverty changing rural economy, he added.Director (Field Operations) of RDRS Bangladesh Humayun Khaled said some 3,500 unemployed women are engaged with ornamental stitching to become self-reliance after getting training and assistance from the NGO in Rangpur division.