Some 45 entrepreneurs and designers in 45 stalls are displaying traditional and heritage products at the festival, brought from different regions of the country
The four-day “Heritage Handloom Festival-2019" began on Wednesday at the hall room of Khazana Gardenia at Gulshan in Dhaka.
Planning Minister MA Mannan inaugurated the festival while State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder was present as special guest.
SME Foundation and Association of Fashion Designers of Bangladesh (AFDB) with the support of Ministry of Cultural Affairs jointly organized the festival for the second time.
Speaking at the inauguration program, Mannan said: “Our government attaches much importance to the promising handicraft sector as a heritage of the country.”
“I will request the ministry concerned to allocate more funds for the SME sector so that entrepreneurs can overcome the problem of capital shortage," he said.
Former Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said: “We should give more efforts to keep the handloom industry alive as a cultural heritage to acknowledge our roots."
State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder said the festival was arranged to promote and highlight the legacies of the hundred-year-old weaving industry.
“Every year this festival should be arranged nationally and at divisional levels so that our entrepreneurs can promote their products easily,” he said.
Some 45 entrepreneurs and designers in 45 stalls are displaying traditional and heritage products at the festival, brought from different regions of the country.
Products of 15 sectors are up for display such as jute products, Jamdani, Khadi, Rajshahi silk, cane and bamboo, folk art, Nakshi Kantha, Mirpur Benarasi, Tangail handloom, Sirajganj handloom (Lungi, Gamcha, Sarees), Rangamati handloom and Monipuri handloom.
The handloom festival will remain open for all from 10:00am to 8:00pm.