Zahid Hossain Biplob
Handicraft shops at Doyel Chattar area in front of Dhaka University’s Curzon Hall have been running the business for years. City dwellers even various companies come to the place to collect colourful traditional craft products.
The individuals buy the products to decorate their houses traditionally with pottery items and handmade products like plates, teacups, bowls, water vessels, hand fans etc.
On a regular basis, a large number of customers crowd here for the exclusive handmade products. These decor items are mainly bought for homes and offices. Also, women come here to buy their wooden and earthen jewellery and different types of bags made of jute, and also for household materials. As there are different toys for children, the market has turned into a place of reunions between old friends of all ages and lifestyle. But during Phalgoon, Pahela Baishakh or other occasions, the businessmen earn most of their profits.
The history of the market is a bit antecedent. According to many shopkeepers, the market has been there for the last 30 years. Though primarily, the number of shops was less, eventually, the market has become popular for gifts and home decor. In view of this, the market is still popular to Dhakaites for its good quality products with a variety of designs.
Handicraft is connected with Bengali culture from the very beginning of the civilisation. People have a distinctive sense of art and this sense helped them creating uncountable things from necessity or even unnecessarily.
The country’s ancestors before the civilisation used to make jewellery from eggshells and bone fragments; sew cloths with animal threads. They made vessels and wove baskets. They created paints, dyes, cave art and so on.
With the passage of time, nature of handicraft changed. Some of the hand-made creations has been preserved and made a part of culture and tradition.