The Rajshahi region of Bangladesh is famous for its textile industry. But, it is Rajshahi silk that is most celebrated of its products, with 100,000 people directly involved in its manufacture and export.
The industry itself has roots as far back as the 13th century, where it was first referred to as either Bengal or Ganges silk.
Rajshahi silk is created in three distinct grades, each of a different quality and price. These varieties are Mulberry, Eri and Tassar, with Mulberry being the finest and the most expensive. The products this silk creates, mostly sarees, are some of the most desirable on the market and can command a high price. As the silk is created in multiple colours, the designs it can be used to create are often vibrant and complex, another factor that increases its value even further.
Silk production was operated as a state-run industry in this province of Bangladesh from the 1960s to the early 2000s. This period saw its exports fall from 100 tonnes a year to just 50 tonnes. As a result, the government-run factory was closed, leaving production to the private sector. In recent years, the Finance Minister of Bangladesh has expressed interest in reopening the factory.
Our Rajshahi silk cushion range is created using recycled sarees in the most vibrant colours available. They will add character to any room, but are in limited supply, so get yours today.
(each cushion is 20 x 20 inches in size)