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Dhakai Muslin to stage comeback

Published : 14 Nov 2021 10:25 PM

Commercial production of the country’s traditional Dhakai Muslin will be started soon. 

Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi came up with the assertion after visiting Dhaka Muslin House at Rupganj’s Tarabo in Narayanganj on Sunday.

The minister said, “Bangladesh Handloom Board has taken effective measures to bring back the tradition of Muslin as per the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Now it is possible to make Muslin by reviving its old technology of production.”

“Meanwhile, we have shown a sample of Muslin saree to our Prime Minister. A Muslin sari that found in the British Museum was 500 counts. Now Muslin saree is being made with 700 count yarn. We have been putting emphasize on improving the quality to save the traditional masterpiece,” the minister added. 

He also said, “We can quickly go for commercial production. It will not take us long to go to the world market. The government has taken the initiative to bring back this tradition. We have already achieved success by producing saree using the old technique.”  

“It will take some more time to go commercially but it is not difficult. We have to maintain the quality. Muslin saree must be within the purchasing power of the people. If we can avail our Dhakai Muslin saree to the people of the country it will be a big success for us,” Golam Dastagir Gazi added. 

“We will work on the saree production first. Later, the rest of the tasks will be done including export in phases. Through a project implemented by the Bangladesh Handloom Board, Dhaka Muslin, the golden heritage of Bangladesh, has been restored which was lost some 170 years ago,” he further said.

Ghulam Dastagir Gazi also said, “Through extensive research and exploration it has been possible to find the raw material of Muslin ‘footy corpus’, cultivate of the corpus, produce yarn, improve the skills of artisans and produce high quality Muslin. Muslin Geographical Indication (GI) was acquired certificates and patents of the country's sustainable development and to expand the potential of the traditional handloom.” 

Secretary of the ministry Md Abdul Mannan, Tarabo mayor Hasina Gazi among others was present.