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Banglacraft Profile

Bangladesh has a long tradition in craft making which attracted people from all over the world for its antiqueness and uniqueness. But as compared to the past, present situation of handicraft sector is not impressive because Bangladesh Handicraft sector is now facing cocoon in the world market for changes in technology and design.  To cope up with this situation, Handicraft sector in Bangladesh requires proper nourishment.

Inspire of having unique opportunity for creating employment of poor people as well as earning more foreign currency through export, Bangladesh Government still does not recognize handicraft sector as a thrust sector. In this regard we need more assistance and cooperation from government, donor agencies, exporters and public agencies for nourishing this sector. 

The handicrafts manufacturers and exporters had formed a national association in 1979 under the name and style of Bangladesh Manufacturers and Exporters Association in short name Banglacraft. The Association was mainly formed with the Manufacturers, Exporters, Traders, Producers, Designers, promoters, and suppliers of handicrafts items throughout the country. Accordingly the association was registered with the joint stock Company and the Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Banglacraft is also an “A” Class member and subsequently affiliated with the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of commerce and Industries (FBCCI).

The general view of the market of novel handicrafts has been changing vigorously during the last 3 decades. During the seventies the novel handicrafts market had a strong rival during that period, people were closely involved by events taking place somewhere else in the world. The slogan in Bangladesh “Small is beautiful” was the interest in other culture. It was therefore important to know the country of origin. There was a demand for natural materials, in eastern colors and it was fashionable to fill the house with ornamental things. 

However due to the great demand for handicrafts the quality of the products got worse day by day. The products started to look cheap so that people lost their interest in these articles. Handicrafts were looked upon as “shoddy-goods”.  In the eighties, a large curtailment of the market took place due to the decreasing growth of the economy. There was a change in the age of consumer. The old people had already filled their place up with handicrafts while the young ones required new exciting things matching their life styles.  They did not care about the materials used, heather the products were handmade or of any information regarding the country of origin. The crafts only had to suit their taste. This individualizing of the society and the liability of the producers in the developing countries to adapt themselves to this change to this change of conduct among the consumers, brought about a very difficult time in the current past for a lot of handicrafts producers in Bangladesh.


Goal and Objectives

  • To promote and protect the interest of all persons engaged in manufacturing, export, production supply, design and trade in Bang craft
  • To  promote cooperation and collaboration  among the members of the  association
  • To assist member for marketing  of handicrafts both at home and abroad
  • To assist members by  providing training and assistance  for product manufacturing  designing and skill development
  • To help members to obtain  bank finance for  production units  and to obtain export credit facilities
  • To represent the views and problems for the development of the sectors with the concerned agencies both in the government and non-Government sector.
  •  To ensure the fare wages satisfactory working conditions, social security and economic well being for the artisans and workers of the sectors.


BANGLACRAFT (Bangladesh Handicrafts Manufacturers’ and Exporters Association), the association of the private sector and NGO was formed in 1979 and currently has total 350 (134 ordinary and 216 associate) its policy supports is designed as:

  • Product and design development
  • Training for skill development
  • Training for product development
  • Quality control and packaging
  • Marketing( both local and foreign markets)



  • Effectiveness and Quality
  • Innovation and Creativeness
  • Productivity and sustainability