Needlework becomes effective venture for rural women

Ornamental needlework on female clothes has become a very effective venture in bringing self-reliance to hundreds of the unemployed, poor and distressed women rural women in recent years, reports the BSS.

Many of the rural women have already changed fortune and improved life standard by earning through embroidering, spangling and ornamental stitching on saree, three pieces and many other female clothes.

Like in the previous years, the successful women have been earning double incomes before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr festivities and passing the busiest time now following huge demand of their artistic handworks.

According to the rural women and small-scale entrepreneurs, the embroidery works add additional values to the female clothes being marketed at higher price in the country’s sophisticated markets, including capital city.

“Ornamental embroidering and spangling on female clothes is expanding fast attracting more women following huge demand of quality needlework in markets,” said President of Rangpur Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry Anwara Ferdousi Poly.

“Over the years, the home-based embroidery works have now got the shape of a growing cottage industry reducing poverty in rural areas with brighter prospect also to change and strengthen the rural macro-economy,” she added.

Head of Programme Coordination of RDRS Bangladesh Monjusree Saha said the needlework venture has been helping many rural women in winning over abject poverty to dream better future for their children in building a middle income nation.

“Around 2,500 rural unemployed and distressed women, victims of domestic violence, divorcees, widows and physically challenged women, rehabilitated by RDRS Bangladesh have so far achieved self-reliance under its various assistance, she added.

Local entrepreneurs Chandona Ghosh, Rokeya and Shilpi of Thakurgaon, Shahanaj Begum and Chand Mia of Badarganj upazila in Rangpur, Abdus Sahed of Kurigram and ‘Karchupi’ artisan Arzina Begum of Syedpur in Nilphamari narrated their successes.

Source: The Daily Samakal. Date: June 3 2016