RANGPUR, Aug 19 (BSS): After nearly five decades of oblivion, the weaving industry in Roumari Upazila of Kurigram district is staging a strong come back with initiatives of the present and local investors.
Local sources said over 250 factories were set up in the area in the last five years where various fabrics of high demand are being produced.
According to local weavers, once Roumari was famous for its weaving industry and high quality sarees, lungis, wrappers, blankets, bed sheets, bed covers, dhotis, gowns, guernsey, handkerchiefs, laces, napkins, satins, scarf, shawls, carpets and many other things produced in the area were being supplied to every part of the undivided India, Europe and other countries.
But in course of time, the industry disappeared from Roumari and the weavers changed their profession or migrated to other places for earning livelihoods.
Some five years ago, nobody could even think that the extinct industry might reappear in the area. But now, it happened so and over 2,000 weavers including women are engaged in the industry, they said.
At present, over 250 weaving industries of various scales are in operation in Roumari sadar, Char Shoulmari, Baghmara, Miarchar, Khoranir Char, Bandober, Kutirchar and adjoining areas in the Upazila where hundreds of people including women are producing various clothes. The weavers are earning over Taka 4,000 a month and the industry is growing fast again.
In process of the extinction, over 8,000 expert weavers migrated to other places and they are now working in different weaving factories in Sirajganj, Pabna, Shahjadpur, Ataikula, Tangail, Dhaka and other places of the country.