23 Jun 2022, 17:45

Padma Bridge to be emerged as boon for Rakhine's weaving industry

BARGUNA, June 23, 2022 (BSS) - The weaving products made by woman-weaver in
'Rakhine Indigenous Communities' in Barguna district will be flourished
across the country rapidly following the opening of the long-cherished Padma

Woman weavers in Rakhine Community have expressed their optimism that the
economic activities of their self-made products including sheets, shirt
pieces, bags, saree, lungi, towel and many more will be enhanced due to
smooth connectivity for the dream project "Padma Bridge" that to be
inaugurated on June 25.

The bridge will ensure smooth road connectivity and all products of the
Rakhine woman-weaver, which are appreciated all over the country including
the southern region, can be marketed easily to anywhere.

There are more than hundred handlooms in Barguna's Rakhine inhabited tourist
spots including Taltali Para, Chhatan Para, Manukhe Para, Agathakur Para,
Saudagar Para of Nishanbaria Union, Talukdar Para and Kabiraj Para of
Sonakata Union, Namise Para, Laupara and Ankujan Para.

Although the demand for Rakhine handicrafts made from weaving with different
colors and yarns imported from Myanmar is not high throughout the year.
However, there is a huge demand during the winter and the holy Eid seasons.

In continuation of that, Rakhine women weavers are hoping that this seasonal
economic activity will continue throughout the year from now on due to the
blessing of the newly constructed Padma Bridge.

Usit Mong of Agathakur Para in Taltoli upazila said that Rakhine families
depended on weaving cloth once. The value of handloom product increases if
they (Rakhine families) do the weaving business commercially but the product
has limited buyers, she said.

Due to limited number of buyers and demand, the products cannot be marketed
or exported properly, she added.

With the blessings of the Padma Bridge along with the better communication
system, she hoped that the products of the Rakhine families will be more
popularized in the coming days.



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