Text and pix by:~ Dushiyanthini
Gorgeous hand woven cotton saree from Tangail
Tangail is a beautiful and quite district situated
in the central region of Bangladesh. Tangail is known as the “home for weavers”,
it is also popular for its finely designed sarees. Trendy Tangail sarees are
hand woven by men and women. Weaving is one of the main livelihoods in Tangail.
The area spreads to 3,414.39 kms and has a population of 3.2 million.
Tangail serves as an important handloom and cotton
weaving centre in Bangladesh. According to UBINIG, a non governmental
organization working on Policy Research for Development Alternatives in
Bangladesh, before partition of Bengal, about 12-14 families from the weaving
community in “Nowakhali” and Tangail
district came with their looms and continued to weave in Hatsimla, Dhatigtram
and Nasratpur. The weavers specialise in making Tangail design sarees. They
make cotton and silk sarees for any occasion. Earlier, yarn was imported from “Dhakkai Patti” in Calcutta. Now it’s
produced in Bangladesh.
Women are the silent force behind the success of the
handloom industry in Bangladesh. Men bring the designs according to the demand
in the town.
designs and weave beautiful sarees” says a passionate weaver Sajunu Begum
(32). Men too work at the wheels. “I have
been a weaver for nearly four decades, and I like to continue my job” says
Sithiq Mia (52).
Younger generation in Tangail is passionately driven
to follow the footsteps of their forefathers. “Weaving in an art, and needs a lot of patience” says Fathima
Shefali (27). Mothers like Fathima Rina (32) want their daughters to be weavers
in Tangail. “A lot of care and
concentration are needed to make the best design” says Mohamed Hahmuth
Days, weeks and months are spent to make just one
saree depending on its design. Weavers, both men and women in Tangail are early
birds, and work tirelessly at wheels to make world famous novel sarees.
Continuous sound of “Thak” (the sound
of the looms) and swanky sarees keep Tangail lively and vibrant.
|Haniffa Begum at a traditional weaving wheel|
|Mohamed Alim likes to continue as a weaver|
|Sajunu Begum creates cute designs and makes novel sarees|
|Kids watch as their mothers make beautiful sarees|
|Sithiq Mia is a passionate weaver |
|Tie and dye process before weaving|
Beautiful sunset over an agri field
COURTESY: CEYLON TODAY
|Curious kids agthered to watch our meeting|