Bangladesh Handloom Board

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Bangladesh Handloom Board
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh
Region served
Official language
WebsiteBangladesh Handloom Board

The Bangladesh Handloom Board is a government owned and operated Statutory Public Sector Organisation in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[1] Jashim Uddin Ahmed is the present chairman of the board.[2]


The Bangladesh Handloom Board was established in January 1978 by the government of Bangladesh. It is managed by the Ministry of Textiles and Jute.[1] It oversees the work of 1.5 million individual handloom workers in Bangladesh.[3] It works for the preservation of classical Bangladesh weaving techniques of Benaras Palli, Jamdani, and Muslin.[4][5]

In 1981 it established a professional training institute for the use of handloom, in Narsingdi.[6] In 2013 the Bangladesh Handloom Board Act was passed which made minor amendments to how often the board should meet.[7]


To make overall development and expansion of handloom sector through improved technology and by improving the socio-economic condition of the weavers all over the country.


To develop the weavers as well as the handloom sector, following initiatives have been taken:

  • To provide services to the weavers through the field level officers.
  • Organize the handloom weavers by forming them into various groups and the different co- operative societies.
  • To provide training in order to increase their efficiency and develop the quality of production of handloom fabrics and achieve the special technical skill.
  • To provide working capital through micro-credit facilities.
  • Rehabilitate the specialized Jamdani & Benarasi weavers of cluster villages.
  • To create the marketing facilities of handloom fabrics.


  1. ^ a b "Age-old Crafts for Contemporary Markets". The Daily Star. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Demystifying Muslin". The Daily Star. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Bangladesh Handloom Board". Banglapedia. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Mirpur Benaras Palli saris mostly Indian". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Protection of Jamdani". The Daily Star. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Narsingdi weavers have no dream to weave". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Draft of BCSIR Act gets cabinet nod". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 11 October 2016.