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Sericulture in Bangladesh

While the textile industry produces an amazing array of artificial, natural and blended fabrics, many would agree that nothing beats the luxurious texture of pure silk, a product with a long history that remains popular today. The history of silk farming, known as sericulture, is said to have started in China some 5,000 or more years ago. The history of silk production in Bangladesh, which is closely linked with India dating back to the 1st century, has been part of the nation of Bangladesh since its independence in 1971. Today, Rajshahi, located near the border of India, remains the top sericulture region of Bangladesh. The climate in this area is perfectly suited to growing mulberry trees, without which sericulture would not be possible, as the Bombyx mori silkworm feeds exclusively on mulberry leaves.

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Traditional Metal Craft in Dhamrai

Visitors to the vibrant city of Dhaka may want to consider spending some time exploring the nearby upazilla of Dhamrai, home to artisans who continue the age-old traditions of metal craft that have been passed down through generations. While modern technology and mass-produced products have resulted in some crafts dying out, here in the predominantly Hindu community of Dhamrai, the tried and tested methods of crafting metal continues, and visitors will have the opportunity of watching brass and bronze being transformed into a wide range of objects, both decorative and practical.

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Bangladeshi Crafts: Nakshi Pati

As with many of the traditional crafts of Bangladesh, nakshi pati is rich with symbolism and closely tied in with rituals treasured through generations. In ancient times the decorative mats known as nakshi pati were widely used for sitting on at home and at social gatherings, but with the introduction of modern furniture into homes in Bangladesh, they are less often used in this way. Nonetheless, these beautifully crafted mats retain their cultural value and are among the items used in the Gaye Halud ceremony performed some days before a wedding, in which the bride and groom are covered in turmeric to ward off bad luck and bring them good fortune.

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Sonargaon's Deserted City - Panam Nagar

Located about a half a kilometer away from the Sonargaon Folk Art Museum, Panam Nagar is well worth a visit when exploring this region of Bangladesh. Dating back to the late-13th century when the city was the focal point of the Deva Dynasty, this now deserted city was later developed by the Mughal Empire, becoming home to middle- and upper-class families at that time. Elaborate two and three floor buildings line the single main street, though sadly time and the elements have taken their toll on the structures. Nonetheless, visitors can get a sense of the grandeur the city once had when it was bustling with the activities of daily life.

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Organic Farming Trends in Bangladesh

Accounts of habitat destruction and misuse of natural resources are all too common in Bangladesh, and indeed in other parts of the world, so it is especially interesting to discover that more than 300,000 families in Bangladesh have returned to organic methods of farming in a movement called Nayakrishi Andolon. In Bangla the word krishi means cultivation, in the sense of cultivating a beneficially reciprocal relationship between humans and nature, while andolon refers to movement, in this case being a shift away from a destructive and predatory path, toward creativity and the joy of life.

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Bangladeshi Crafts: Nakshi Pakha

The ancient craft of decorative fan-making, known as Nakshi Pakha, is still practiced in many areas of Bangladesh today, both for practical and decorative purposes. Different natural materials are used in making the basic framework of the fan, including bamboo, cane, sponge wood, palm leaves and flax. Threads or fabric are drawn across the framework and decorated with a variety of colorful designs or pictures of flowers, birds and animals, or meaningful phrases and folklore scenes. The decorations on the fan may be woven or embroidered, or colorful feathers, such as those from a peacock, may be incorporated into the pattern. A strip of colored cloth, usually red, is stitched around the edge of the frame and gathered into a frill as the fan's finishing touch.

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Rhesus Macaques: Fascinating Old World Monkeys

Rhesus macaques, more often referred to as Rhesus monkeys and also known as Nazuri monkeys, have the widest geographical distribution of any non-human primate and are found in a broad range of habitats in Bangladesh, as well as India, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Burma, Afghanistan, Vietnam and southern China. These fascinating mammals are the most readily recognized species of Old World monkeys and, as they readily interact with humans, they are often found near, or even in, suburban areas where they are either revered, or considered to be a pest, depending on the belief system of the residents.

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Visit the Scenic Lawachara National Park

Located within the West Bhanugach Reserved Forest, around 60 km from Sylhet, the Lawachara National Park consists of lush tropical and subtropical coniferous and broadleaf forests, with hilly sandstone areas and a network of streams and small wetlands. Much of the original indigenous forests were removed in the 1920s, with secondary forest taking its place. There are, however, small areas of primary forest scattered throughout the park. There are also bamboo groves and ferns in the forest undergrowth, all of which support a wide variety of wildlife.

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