Today we visited the Narayanganj location of the Kumudini Welfare Trust of Bangladesh, a vast organization here with activities ranging from jute and pharmaceuticals to handicrafts and a nursing college. We went to see their jute factory – pictures of the jute tomorrow – but we also go to visit the workrooms to see of their handicrafts.
Kumudini Handicrafts seeks to promote the traditional handicrafts of Bangladesh while providing income and empowerment for the 26,000 women employed. At the Narayanganj location, they are mainly developing new designs and sample products for the crafts, which will be produced by women working from home throughout Bangladesh. There is also a small training facility where new women handicrafters are trained in the products and designs. Finally, there is a small showroom here; there is a larger store on Gulshan Avenue.
Below is sari printing – I had no idea all the designs were all hand-stamped! What time-intensive work. The dyes they use are all from natural products.