BOGRA, Nov 28: Hundreds of skilled quilt makers of the district are passing busy time due to high demand from the last couple of weeks as winter is approaching fast in the northern district.
Local sources said over 500 poor and marginal artisans including women are engaged with the profession. The female artisans earn some extra money by doing this at their leisure hours.
Sources said the demand of the product has been increasing as temperature in the twelve upazilas fell by 3.0 to 4.0 degrees Celsius from the previous 32 to 30 degrees in the last weeks.
While visiting this correspondent found the quilt artisans from Saoil, Futanygonj, Kamaru, Tarajun, Saros-warty, Chandal, Nurpur, Dawakola, Sabgram and Tinmatha villages are preparing different qualities of quilts according to the customers' order.
Sources said many people have become self-reliant through making quilts in the region. Most of the artisans here pass their time idly during the other seasons of a year. Some of them work in croplands to meet the daily expenses. But in winter, quilt making is their only profession.
Ferdous Alam (40) of Tarajun village said he brings the cloths, cotton and spin from nearby markets and makes quilt in winter. He said he usually makes four to five quilts everyday with the help of his assistant.
The prices depend on the quality of the product. He said on average he earns Tk 800 to Tk 1200 everyday during winter.
Rokeya Begum, a female artisan of Nurpur village, said her husband and she work in a quilt shop and make Tk 1300 to Tk 1500 everyday. People from adjacent districts also visit the area to purchase the product, she added.
Quilt traders and artisans of the district urged the government to support them by arranging easy loan facilities.
Our Correspondent from Nilphamari reports: Nearly 5,000 quilt makers of 60 union parishads under six upazila in the district are passing busy time in making the product.
Temperature in the Northern region particularly in Nilphamari district is gradually decreasing and it would go on decreasing for another month or so. In the meantime temperature in the district has fallen to 20 degree Celsius from 32 degree Celsius in the last weeks, the district weather office informed.
All section of people including both rich and poor are crowding the shops to purchase quilt cloth and cotton. Some are making new quilt and others are repairing the old ones in the region.
Sources said quilt making is an art and only those who traditionally work as an artist in the sector can do it. A quilt maker earns Tk 1000 to Tk 2000 per day.
Poor people usually buy or make quilt with low quality cotton or cut pieces from garments factories.
Sources said one seven feet by five feet double-sized quilt usually need six kgs of cotton and total cost including cotton, cloth, thread and making charge stand at Tk 1200.
Abu Bakr, a quilt maker of Nilphamari municipal area, said, "I earn more than Tk 1,000 per day in winter season."