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Until 1987, jute was Bangladesh’s number one foreign currency earner.
While most of the decline of jute is due to the emergence of synthetic fiber,
mismanagement and malpractice in the jute sector have also contributed.

Considered by many to be on the verge of its economic insignificance, jute actually has
(based on its physical and chemical properties) many alternative uses, of which pulp made
from jute for papermaking is one of the most promising uses of jute.
Indeed, in India, the share of paper made from jute amounted to 31 percent in 2000.
the Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC)


Bangladesh’s Golden Fiber of the Past,
also in the Future?
Recognizing 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibers
For further details, please see:
Jahan, M. Sarwar; Bernhard G. Gunter; and A. F. M. Ataur Rahman (2009) “Substituting Wood with Nonwood
Fibers in Papermaking: A Win-Win Solution for Bangladesh”, Falls Church, VA, USA: Bangladesh
Development Research Center (BDRC),
Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series
, BDRWPS No. 4 (January); availalbe at:

  • Jute – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Jute – From Banglapedia
Copyright © 1998 by Banglapedia

For information specifically on
Bangladesh’s jute carpets,

please see:

For a set of jute pictures showing its sowing, weeding, growing, retting, fiber
extraction, washing, drying, and transportation, please see:

Another set of jute pictures is available at:

For a set of 25 great pictures on jute workers in Bangladesh, please see:
For detailed information about jute (including its cultivation, history, properties,
production and uses), please see:
Jute Pictures