Duration: since 1973
Location: Thanapara and the nearest villages
The Handicraft Program is divided into these sections: Dying section, Bobbin section, Design, Weaving, Sewing, and Embroidery. In each of these sections, the producers make products either by special order or for general sale, using only local materials. The items produced range from handloom fabrics, to bed covers, wall hangings, from woman and man clothing to various types of bags.
The Handicraft Program has 168 permanent producers and about 14 temporary producers. Both women and men work here. The organization fully meets the principles of Fair Trade. All producers are aware of meanings of the principles. (More in section Fair trade principles)
The products are sold largely in Japan, Denmark, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Finland and Sweden. The organization is a member of the International Federation of Alternative Trade (IFAT), ECOTA Fair Trade Forum, and Bangla Crafts.Wefulfil the expectations of the high profile international customers such as People Tree (the UK), Fair Trade Company (Japan), Fair Cooperation (Italy) or Fair Trade (Korea).
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