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Recognizing 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibers

The Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC) presents:

Bangladesh’s Golden Fiber of the Past,
also in the Future?

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 paper-making 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.

For further details, please see:
Jahan, M. Sarwar; Bernhard G. Gunter; and A. F. M. Ataur Rahman (2009) “Substituting Wood with Nonwood Fibers in Paper-making: A Win-Win Solution for Bangladesh”, Falls Church, VA, USA: Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC), Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS), BDRWPS No. 4 (January); available at:

For detailed information about jute (including its cultivation, history, properties,
production and uses), please see:

  • Jute – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Jute – From Banglapedia

Copyright © 1998 by Banglapedia

For information specifically on Bangladesh’s jute carpets, please see:

Jute Pictures

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:

Jute Home

Some Economic Aspects of Jute: Production, Exports, Prices

Jute Economic

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, FAOSTAT,
(downloaded on December 28, 2008)


Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, FAOSTAT,
(downloaded on December 28, 2008)


Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, FAOSTAT,
(downloaded on December 28, 2008)

Some of the world’s major jute institutes/organizations

Jute Organizations

Major Jute Events

International Conference on
Prospects of Jute & Kenaf as Natural Fibres
to be held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre, Dhaka (8-9. February 2009)
organized by the International Jute Study Group

Workshop on Jute Geo-textiles in Bangladesh
held in Dhaka (2. June 2008)

Jute Workshop
held in Hyderabad, India (18-19 November 2004)
Recommendations [you will need MS Word to view this website/document]

United Nations Jute Conference on Jute and Jute Products (pdf)
held in Geneva, Switzerland (12-13 March 2001)

Jute Events
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