Status of Handloom Workers and Causes of Their Migration: A Study in Handloom Industry of Tangail District, Bangladesh

Subrata Banarjee, Md. Moniruzzaman Muzib, Shumona Sharmin


Handloom industry is the biggest handicraft industry in our country; it is the second largest source of rural employment after agriculture. This industry is an increasingly essential element of economic, social development and it has become one of the largest economic industries in Bangladesh. Handllom industry in Tangail has a glorious history of its own. The “Tangail Sharee” of Bangladesh has a great popularity and reputation within and outside the country. But day by day the number of weavers of the industry is decreasing in alarming rate and the industry is becoming smaller over time. Here the study tries to identify the factors of declining handloom workers in Tangail and their main causes of migration to India. Mainly case studies and interview have been taken to collect the primary data. A lot of research papers, websites, journals, and articles have been reviewed to know the relevant information and describing the history and development of the industry. Factors like fear of communial violence, increased price of raw materials, absence of loan from government, insufficient transport facility, better facilities in India, lack of security has been identified for their rapid migration to india.

Keywords: Handloom industry, weavers, Sharee, migration

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