We were invited to visit Sonali Aansh Jute Mill, arranged by Atif (gograssy.com), who kindly drove us the 2 hour drive from Dhaka through lush countryside and clear roads (after getting out of the city).
We met with Mohammed Mahbubur Rahman Patwari, the director of the mill and were shown the different production stages of jute, from sorting the raw fibres to the product stage. We were introduced to the numerous process of the jute processing and walked through the carding, spinning, twisting and weaving departments, all set in one open space full of busy workers and lots lots of dust.
The mill mainly produces raw yarn and sacking material, though we were also shown a beautiful range of designed fabrics we felt would work really well on furniture. We were shown the braiding facilities too, where thousands of meters of braids are made and formed into the cushioned sole of espadrille shoes.
It was fascinating to see the whole production of jute from start to finish and we thank Mr Mohammed Mahbubur Rahman Patwari for his hospitality today. See more of Sonali Aansh on http://www.sonaliaansh.net.
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