Gopalganj has traditionally been famous for the imitation industry since its inception. Thousands of women and men made a living by making bronze and brass jewelry. And these jewelery centers were set up in Jalipar in Muksadpur district of the district. As a result, the jewelry made by Gopalganj’s emitting art industry is losing its edge in foreign goods.
But the artisans and traders here are trying to survive the industry. Urudas Sheel, a trader at Bronze Market, said, “We bought bronze from Jinjira in Dhaka at a rate of Tk 500 per kg. Then, the dyes and hand jewelry by the artisans have to soak for 5 minutes in 5-4 types of acid water. Later, jewelry was made by polishing and coloring with the machine. Here various kinds of jewelry are made including hand ring, bangles, earrings, nosebleeds, armor, medal, nupur, arm band, chain, clip, jhumka, haircut. Earlier, these jewelry were exported to various parts of the country besides our country. Even though there is no demand now, the merchants of different districts buy these products. India and China, despite the lack of advanced chemicals and machines, are trying to keep up with the industry, even though they cannot afford sustainable and quality jewelry.
Talking to the artisans, it is known that thousands of artisans used to make jewelry here because of the high demand. But now the demand for these jewelery is low, as the demand for jewelry making has decreased on the one hand, and on the other hand the number of artisans has also decreased due to lack of fair wages.
Bronze Market Association Editor Sukanta Talukdar said, “Due to the high quality jewelry and cheap price of quality designs in China and India, the demand for jewelry made here has decreased.” So to keep the business in line with the era, many of the jewelery manufactured here are bringing foreign goods and selling them.
Monju Roy, president of the Bronze Market Association, said that if different quality machines come to Bangladesh, then we can buy them and make them marketable by demanding jewelry. If the government cooperates in this regard, we will certainly be able to sustain this industry