Later in the afternoon we were taken to the Bangladesh Jute Research Institute where scientists and academics have been carrying out research into jute processing and jute cloth. This involved starting with the raw jute which is made up of long, strong fibres which also offer some heat and fire resistance.
And then spinning, dying and weaving; often blending the jute with synethics (to create brightly coloured and durable blankets) or with cotton to create a softer cloth which could possibly be used for clothing:
They have also been printing jute cloth which could lend itself to widespread use in interiors:
And of course jute shopping bags:
Jute is a very interesting cloth, as it is quick and easy to grow, simple to dye and process, and also biodegrades. Bangladesh is the world’s largest producer of high quality jute providing an interesting opportunity for the country to grow economically.