Handicrafts are proving to be quite popular at this year’s edition of Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF), with a large number of customers flocking to these stalls and leaving them laden with purchases.
Visitors to this year’s edition of DITF are expressing considerable interest towards hand-made products with sales hiking up pleasantly, said the sellers.
Handicrafts such as carpets, floor mats, dining mats sets and handbags are among the crowd favourites this year.
Handicrafts made by prisoners are being exhibited for the first time ever, introducing a brand new initiative made by the DITF.
Charushi Sataranji and Crafts, a stall dedicated to handicrafts, have been displaying a huge variety of collection of floor mats and dining mat sets to entice the customers. Their work did not go in vain as large crowd was seen trying to get inside the pavilion.
“We are selling our products at the rates fixed by the government,” said salesman Mohammad Hasan from Charushi. “We have had plenty of customers throughout the whole day, with most of them opting for products in the price range of Tk1000-1,100.”
A couple of stalls further on, Karupannya Sataranji was also seen to be teeming with customers. A salesperson, Ariful Islam, said: “Our brand name is popular among all handicraft loving people for its genuine handicrafts”
He added that the customers in his stall were also favouring products that fell under the price range of Tk1,000- 1,100.
“Our handmade floor mats come in various prices, and can cost as little as Tk300. Handmade pillow cases costing from Tk325- 410 and table runners costing Tk350 each are among the popular products,” he said.
Pointing to the various discount banners- some of them up to 50%- plastered throughout the pavilion, Ariful said: “In addition to affordable prices, we are also offering many discounts. There are offers of ‘buy one get two free’ as well.”
Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, a UK resident who came to visit his family during the winter, was one such customer who was seen to be buying a large number of handicrafts.
“Bangladeshi culture and tradition always reside inside our hearts. Taking back local products will be like taking back a piece of the country with me,” he said.