Bangladesh Handloom Board (BHB) was established in 1977 as a Statutory Public Sector Organization under the administrative control of the Ministry of Textiles and Jute. The Board has been entrusted with the responsibility for overall development of the handloom sector of the country and to make welfare of the people engaged therein Historically handloom has got its predominance and heritages in Bangladesh. The tradition of weaving cloth by hand constitutes one of the richest aspects of Bangladesh culture and heritage. The level of artistry and intricacy achieved in handloom fabrics are unparallel and unique. The handloom can meet every need from exquisite fabrics of daily use. The industry has displayed innate resilience to withstand and adopt itself to the changing demand of modern times.
Handloom sector in Bangladesh consists of more than 0.183 million handloom units with 0.505 million handlooms and about 1 million handloom weavers of which about 50% are female worker. A manpower of about one million weavers, dyers, hand spinners, embroiderers and allied artisans have been using their creative skills into more than 0.30 million active looms to produce around 687 million meters of fabrics annually. Production of these handloom fabrics is diffused in numerous production centers all over the country which are linked up by a network of primary, secondary and central markets.
Jute and Textiles Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui moved the Bill in the House.
Parliament on Wednesday passed the Bangladesh Handloom Board Bill 2013 providing for developing and expanding the handloom industry by scrapping the existing law.
Jute and Textiles Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui moved the Bill in the House, which was passed by voice vote amid absence of the opposition.
The objective of the Bill stated that the Bangladesh Handloom Board Ordinance, 1977 was promulgated during the martial law period.
Later, the government issued a gazette notification for the Bangladesh Handloom Board (Amendment) Act, 1990 to make the Ordinance more time befitting.
It said that the age old law was not appropriate to address the present day necessity.
It also mentioned that if the Handloom Board is constituted as per the new bill it would help a lot to develop and expand the handloom industry in the country.