Folk and Handicraft Fairs Are Frozen: A month-long folk-craft fair and folk festival is going on in the huge premises of Bangladesh Folk and Crafts Foundation located at Sonargaon in Narayanganj. In Corona, too, there was an overflowing crowd of visitors on Friday at the fairgrounds.
Visitors from different parts of the country, including the capital Dhaka, are flocking to the fair every day. Especially during the holidays, the fairgrounds become very popular.
Although the foundation authorities have organized the fair in January every year, this year the fair has been postponed from March 1 due to the Corona epidemic. The fair will continue till March 30.
This year’s fair has been decorated with only folk products. The display and sale of anything other than folk handicrafts are strictly prohibited. Although there are few other stalls on the fair premises, the form of rural tradition has been enhanced in the folk festivals.
Folk and Handicraft Fairs Are Frozen 2021
In this year’s folk-craft fair and folk festival, ethnic group weaving industry, starting from Sonargaon’s elephant, horse, jamdani, nakshi Kantha, tepa doll, woodcraft, bamboo-cane industry, nakshi hand fan, hobby of Rajshahi, bamboo, cane, Sylhet and Munshiganj’s Shital Pati, Kishoreganj’s pottery, Naogaon, Magura and Jhenaidah’s endangered shola art. Dhaka conch and pottery, Chittagong palm leaf nakshi hand fan, Rangpur’s Shataranji, Thakurgaon bamboo crafts, Sylhet and Munshiganj’s Shital Pati, Comilla’s Khadi, copper-bronze brass crafts, Rangamati, Bandarban and Moulvibazar’s Koshora, Got space.
There are a total of 100 stalls at this fair. In the main square of the fair, in the middle of the field, a special exhibition has been arranged for the ‘Karma may Craftsmen’ exhibition with the works of the renowned craftsmen of the country. In this special exhibition, 48 artisans from remote areas of Bangladesh are rediscovering the lost heritage of the country in 24 stalls. This year Bangabandhu Folk Festival has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Bangabandhu photographs are being displayed at the fair on that occasion.
The organizer of the fair, the director of the Bangladesh Folk and Crafts Foundation. Ahmed Ullah said that apart from various interesting games, songs, and exhibitions like every year, the socio-economic life of rural Bengal has been presented in a variety of ways in this year’s festival. The main goal of the foundation is to preserve the heritage of ancient Bengal. (Folk and Handicraft Fairs Are Frozen 2021) This continuity will continue in the future.