Giving artistic shapes to roadside wastes
Mohammad Abullah Al Kafi, a craftsman of Kaharol upazila, Dinajpur district, has discovered an innovative method of bringing in a reasonable income to maintain his family expenses: using roadside waste to make garlands. The middle-aged Kafi has been tirelessly collecting the wastes, usually used to preserve imported fruits.
“I have tried to shape them to perfection so that they can decorate living rooms,” said the craftsman at Kantanagar Temple premises where he was selling his attractive finished products.
Kafi told The Daily Star that he had used just four materials to give a shape to his products: wire, a small clay-made pot, a little bamboo stick and the synthetic cup shaped nets usually found around fruit markets.
Fortunate to make a livelihood from his passion, Kafi lamented that there was no scope for artisans like him living in rural and far-flung areas. “All government-sponsored facilities seem to be only meant for city dwellers. Whenever I approached the authorities concerned for assistance they remained indifferent, he added.
Kafi, however, appreciates art lovers, especially pilgrims to the Kantanagar Temple of Kaharol upazila, who halt their vehicles at his roadside shop to take home his artistic floral products made merely from roadside wastes.
Kafi said, he earns Taka 200 to 250 a day from selling his products, which is quite enough to maintain his family, including the educational expenses of his children.