In the quaint villages of Satkhira, Bangladesh, a humble initiative took root, destined to grow into a beacon of empowerment and creativity. This tale begins with ASIX, a visionary organization committed to transforming lives through the artistry of skilled artisans. Nestled about 260 kilometers away from the bustling city of Dhaka, ASIX set up its first hubs in Satkhira, beginning with just five artisans. Little did they know that this small seed would blossom into a flourishing community of 350 skilled individuals spread across nine villages.
The training sessions became a sanctuary of craftsmanship, where artisans delved into the Jute macrame, Jute braiding, Yarn macrame, Yarn braiding, and the art of jute, banana, and yarn dyeing. With every passing day, their skills evolved with their craftsmanship of newfound expertise. Producing new design product samples based on our current lifestyle that find their way into export markets and local markets.
ASIX Established two training hubs in Naktara and Gangniya at Satkhira, marking the expansion of ASIX's reach, and offering more individuals the opportunity to hone their craft. The artisans, armed with their newfound skills, began crafting a diverse array of products, from stylish Jute bags to exquisite wall decor, table placemats, table runners, tote bags, pouch bags, market bags, and even cushion covers. The result of their labor transcended borders, as these handcrafted treasures found homes in faraway lands like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Portugal, and China.
Beyond the realms of creativity, ASIX became a beacon of holistic empowerment. During training sessions, artisans were not only imparted with skills but also provided healthy life-building tips. ASIX advised their Artisan's education and influenced artisans to prioritize the schooling of their sons and daughters, thereby sowing the seeds for an education-conscious society. Extra earnings from their artistic endeavors empowered these women to not only manage household affairs but also contribute significantly to their families' financial stability.
We participate in trade fairs to increase and stabilize the production capacity, and work of artisans. To showcase the richness of their creations to the world, ASIX embarked on international journeys, participating in renowned trade fairs like NY NOW and the Ambiente trade fair. The vibrant tapestry of Bangladeshi artistry now unfolded on a global stage, captivating hearts and fostering appreciation for the country's arts and artists.
In this odyssey of women's empowerment, ASIX's central objective remained unwavering – to enrich the country and its people through the hands of these skilled artisans. Their dedication and creativity not only sustained the age-old traditions of Bangladesh but also paved the way for a brighter, more empowered future. And so, the story of ASIX and its artisans continued, weaving dreams and aspirations into every thread, ensuring that the legacy of their art would endure for generations to come.