Just hours before leaving for the airport we were given the privilege of visiting Tarango. Tarango is a non-governmental organisation which aims to create a just and poverty free society by organising and training disadvantaged women…


… to handcraft textiles and accessories for export using jute and hand looms:


Tarango also aims to promote leadership and entrepreneurship among women to create a more self reliant and gender balanced society, addressing the social issues surrounding women in the country:


Tarangoexport their goods across the world (including to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada) and are very keen to learn about the western market so that they can increase their volumes, create more employment opportunities, and ultimately help more and more disadvantaged women. We left promising to send fashion magazines and details of fashion websites to help their designer understand these export markets further (even in the capital Dhaka it is very difficult to get hold of these types of magazines and they tend to be prohibitively expensive).

Open to on going innovation, products that they currently produce include tall football bags, greeting cards and ceramic Christmas decorations as well as jute shopping and beach bags and embroidery. One of my favourite products are these sturdy bags made with woven jute handles and…


… discarded cement sacks:


Out of all our visits, this was the one that most effected me. I loved the directness and selflessness of the CEO of Tarango whose focus was always on helping more and more disadvantaged women. I found this attitude 100% refreshing when compared to the focus of large retailers in the west where producing low cost disposable clothes appears to be the sole focus, with little thought to the process of production or to the welfare of the people manufacturing the garments.