Aarong is the I spent a long day on the road with Mr Aminul Islam Bhuiyan from Brac-Aarong visiting their weaving and dyeing production centres. We visited one of the jamdani weaving centres in Naraydgonj, followed by visits to some of the handloom weaving and dyeing centres. The scale of production is considerable and it was very interesting to see all the different processes and methods used for the production of their woven textiles. Mr Aminul very patiently explained the production strategy and facilities, and we visited a number of mills and dyeing centres. The producers mainly work exclusively with Aarong and were very happy to show us round their factories. I was impressed by the range of different methods employed, from the low tech jamdani weaving to the high end digital dyeing facilities at the Tithi textile mega factory. I will update more information on this next week but I thought I would share some pics from the visit first!
‘Established in 1978 aarong is a fair trade organisation dedicated to bring about positive changes in the lives of disadvantaged artisans and underprivileged rural women by reviving and promoting their skills and craft. Reaching out to weavers, potters, brass workers, jewellers, jute workers, basket weavers, wood carvers, leather workers and more, Aarong embraces and nurtures a diverse representation of 65,000 artisans, 85% of whom are women. Today, Aarong has become the foundation upon which independent cooperative groups and family-based artisans market their craft, in an effort to position the nation’s handicraft industry on a world platform of appreciation and acknowledgement.’ for more information on Aarong visit http://www.brac-aarong.com/
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