Demand for dhaka garment and textile products is continuously growing in the international market as the result the confidence of Dhankuta-based entrepreneurs involved in the production of garments made from dhaka has been going up these days. Dhankuta is a district located in the eastern Nepal, is home to around three dozen small and cottage enterprises engaged in production of Dhaka textile and garments.
Rajganga Dhaka Factory, located at Maunabudhuk, is one such manufacturer of Dhaka garments for the last two decades has seen an uptick in demand abroad. Its director Rajkumari Limbu said that his factory exported dhaka garments worth Rs600,000 in the last six months. UK is the biggest export market for Rajganga, But the factory also exports dhaka goods to South Korea, Germany, the US and Hong Kong.
Limbu said that the demand for garments, such as daura suruwal, the national dress of Nepal, saris and kurtas, is relatively high abroad. Lately, they have also been exporting caps and shawls made of dhaka. Demand for these goods increases during festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, Ubhauli and Udhauli.
As consumption of dhaka products is growing abroad, Rajganga has started hiring more people, with the size of his workforce expanding to 265. To cater to the growing demand for dhaka products abroad, Rajganga has also started outsourcing production works. And to maintain the quality of goods produced by outsiders, it has also started offering training. Most of those who receive the training are women.
Like Rajganga, Khada Dhaka Textile Factory and Gurans Dhaka Textile Factory have also seen a rise in demand for dhaka products abroad.
Beni Kumari Khada, the promoter of Khada Dhaka Textile Factory said the items most in demand is surke thaili, [a traditional purse that is carried by women]. Most of the surke thaili that they produce are exported to the US.
Nepalis settled abroad seeing the demand for Dhaka products growing in the international market have started opening showrooms abroad.
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