A neglected craft
The piece about the growth of the nakshi kantha industry in rural Bangladesh was quite informative. Having seen the work myself, I can say with conviction that it was some of the most beautiful pieces of hand embroidery I’ve ever seen. It is sad, however, that the hardworking women associated with the nakshi kantha industry are struggling hard to find the right means to export their work.
To lend these women a helping hand, the government of Bangladesh should set up proper export channels right in their villages. This will save them from the greedy middlemen who eat into their profits. This step can also help ensure quality control. If the women are trained to become entrepreneurs, Bangladesh has the potential to turn nakshi kantha embroidery into one of its leading exports.