Backstrap Weaving

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The Traditions of Backstrap Weaving 21 March ed

Manjulika Chakma and Niaz Zaman

Regional Conference and Workshop

Bain: Weaving the Past, Present and Future

Dhaka, March 22 -24, 2009

  • By moderate estimates, it is understood that Bangladesh has at least 888,115 weavers.
  • Of these weavers, 472,367 are male and 415,748 female.
  • Male weavers work on the power loom, the handloom, the Chittaranjan loom and the pit loom.
  • Most female weavers work on the handloom

–Some on the stake loom

–But the majority work on the backstrap loom.

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