Handicrafts signify the true craftsmanship of the Bangladeshi artisans. Various artisan communities are scattered throughout the country; communities consisting of people who solely depend on their crafts as a primary source of income. However, during recent times, their trade is slowly diminishing due to a lack of market access, and with it, a part of the Bengali culture could potentially be lost forever.
To increase the visibility of handicrafts, and preserve and encourage the practice of Bangladeshi artisans, Bengal Sangskriti Utsab will include a crafts fair at the 10-day long cultural festival with the intention of reviving traditional designs and motifs, as well as the production of environment friendly, and sustainable handicrafts.
The crafts fair will feature Jamdani sarees, Nakshi Kathas, Shital Pati, Shanka, alongside various other items. Artisans from Narayanganj, Mymensingh, Tangail, Chittagong, Noakhali, Sylhet, Barisal, Rajshahi, Jessore, Rangamati, Bandarban, Sirajganj and Savar will be taking part at the festival.