Special Correspondent: Amid the concrete life of Dhaka city, handicraft shops in Doyel Chattar area in front of Dhaka University’s Curzon Hall are all set to offer their customers with colorful traditional craft products to celebrate Pahela Baishakh in a colorful manner.
While there are only about a day left for the first day of Bangla New Year, sellers of these shops are passing their busy time fulfilling the demand of their products.
Md Arman, who has been in the business there for the last a decade, told that the market is drawing crowds with the each passing day before the festival.
Claiming that their business has so far not been up to the mark on this occasion, he said, the sale will rise in the coming 3-4 days.
Asked about the price, he said,dugdugi costs from Tk 50 to Tk 120,ektaraTk 60 to Tk 500,kulaTk 50 to Tk 250, flutes Tk 10 to Tk 100, pots Tk 50 to Tk 300, baskets Tk 30 to Tk 150, hand fans Tk 20 to Tk 80 and clay-made jewelries Tk 50 to Tk 200 each.
Mentioning that various companies also come to them to place orders, said Monir adding, “We usually take preparations to complete the orders at least 15 days ago. The orders vary from 1000 to 10,000 pieces.”
He said individuals also come and buy products to decorate their houses traditionally on this special day.
Another seller, Sohel, said there are good demand for potteries and handmade products on this occasion. Many people wish to celebrate the festival traditionally and buy pottery items like plates, teacups, bowls, water vessels, hand fans etc.
Maria Akter, a home maker, told that she has come here to buy some home utensil products with his little son.
Pahela Baishakh is all about color, tradition and festivity. Decorating home with crafts and pottery items adds a dimension to the occasion, she told.
Mehedi Hossain, who was found busy coloring bamboo-made items, said, every year this business sees a rise ahead of the festival, especially one week before. “The place gets abuzz with customers.” However, this year the supply of raw materials is coming down day by day, he said adding that the suppliers from those the sellers get the raw materials of the craft products are unable to fulfill their demand.
Not only decorative and utensil products, the demand of traditional snacks is also noticeable ahead of the festival.
Mamun, who was busy selling sweet snacks alongside the road, said people also place orders for items likebatasha, kotkoti, murali, kodmaetc, especially for Pahela Baishakh.
These items cost from Tk 150-300 per kilogram varying from item to item, he added.