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Gaibandha villagers earn their keep with hand fans

  • Published at 10:15 pm October 11th, 2021
People of all ages are busy making hand fans Araji Sandiapur village
Hand fans are sewn with colourful threads to make them standout more UNB

A united effort by the villagers of Araji Sandiapur and Khamaripara ensures their freedom and financial stability

The residents of two villages in Sadullapur upazila of Gaibandha have found economic solvency by making colourful, embroidered hand fans that are very popular among villagers near and far in the hot summer days.

A united effort by the villagers of Araji Sandiapur and Khamaripara ensures their freedom and financial stability.

They are successfully meeting the expenses of their households, children's studies and other expenses with the money they get from selling hand fans.

There is no difference between the males and females as both are involved in making hand fans. People of all ages are putting their efforts, emotions and feelings into making the traditional embroidered hand fan.

Once poverty was a constant companion of the people of the two villages but now they have learned to overcome poverty. All year round they are busy making hand fans and they do not have time to sit idle.

Some 200 families of the two villages are involved in the manufacturing and marketing process and already the villages have become known for their hand fans.

Talking to some villagers including Shamsul Islam, his wife Rokeya Begum, Rekha Rani, Sharifa Begum, Dulali Begum, Shahera Begum, Anwara Begum and Golesta Begum of Araji Sandiapur village, they said they sewed their fans with colourful threads to make them standout.

They sell the fans to the local traders and many shops at a wholesale rate.

Sometimes, the males of the villages try selling the hand fans by visiting many villages on foot in hope of earning extra money.

The work of making hand fans starts in summer and maximum sales take place during the hot season in the country when people need it most. 

Abdul Latif, a member of Jamalpur union, said the Bujruk and Rasulpur unions in Jamalpur are known for their hand fans.

Those who are involved in making hand fans are passing busy days collecting bamboo, weaving and sewing threads the whole day as demand of hand fans is high in summer.

During a recent visit in Araji Sandiapur, this UNB correspondent said the women and men of all ages were busy making hand fans. Someone was busy cutting bamboo, while others were weaving, cutting and sewing colourful designs.

Some 1,200-1,500 hand fans are being made in the village every day and they spent Tk17-40 per piece of hand fan.

The hand fans are being sold at Tk25 per piece in different haats and bazaars and many shops in the district.

Asma Khatun, a hand fan maker, said “I make hand fans with many designs and my husband sell them at various markets. I hardly get any time after doing my household work and fan work. Now I earn extra money to meet the need of my family.”

Rabiul Karim Dulu, chairman of Rasulpur union, said “We are so proud with the works of the two villages. No men or women pass their time sitting idle and everyone is always busy making hand fans.”

Rabindra Chandra Roy, assistant director general of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), Gaibandha, said “Any kind of assistance will be provided to the people of the two villages ranging from manufacturing to marketing, if needed. Efforts will be taken to provide training and ensure loans on easy terms.”

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