The trip to SIRAJGONJ was also an opportunity to wander through villages and get a look into life there. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea:

Over eighty percent of Bangladesh’s population lives in rural settings. A village home-stay offers a deep insight in to the life of a small community. As guests of a local family you will stay in traditional home with basic facilities. While sharing their hospitality, you are welcome to join their daily work in and around the house or in the fields, visit the local school, local handloom factory village, their lot of people working and making cloth’s by hand (sharies, lungis, towel), Pottery village is the most attractive for each tourist. There is widespread use of pot & utensils make from the clay, most of the people of this village are still potters and trying to hold this profession as their living. Your guide will facilitate the communication with the villagers.

Sirajganj, Potters of the district have been switching over to other professions for the declining demand and appeal of their earthen products.  The decrease in demand of earthen utensils is due to 'invasion' of aluminum and plastic goods, they opined.

Sources said more than 20,000 families in nine upazilas of the district used to earn their livelihood from production, sale and marketing of clay-goods, but now they are in acute economic hardship. However, despite hardship caused by the decrease in demand of their products, some families in Ullapara, Shahzadpur and Sadar upazilas are still sticking to this age-old ancestral profession. While visiting different areas of Sirajganj including Sonatala of Ullapara and Randhunibari Palpara of Sadar upazila the BDNEWS correspondent talked to the Pals- the traditional pot making caste. The Pals told BDNEWS they have to sit idle throughout the year except the time for some traditional fairs of national or religious nature.

However, a handful of rural people still prefer earthen utensils, they said. In this day and age terracotta or earthen ornaments or utensils are in vogue to fashionable ladies as alternatives of those made of precious metals. However, still there are other gleams of hope for them as the demand of beautifully decorated earthen pots is increasing in the country, especially in the urban areas. The Pals said to NEWS if proper measures are taken then they also can find their market abroad. The potters pleaded that the government and the NGOs should offer them with necessary training and loan to stand out from their shattered economy.  If such is done then they can remain attached to their ancestral profession and can uphold one of our cultural heritages.


Working man of Bangladesh. He is weaving a sari which is the most popular dress of women in South Asia. He is using a handloom to weave the sari. This sari is known as 'Sirajgonj sari' in Bangladesh and India. This kind of sari is very popular for the comfort and design.

The sari is worn by women throughout Bangladesh. Sari is the most popular dress for women in Bangladesh, both for casual and formal occasion. There are many regional variations of Saris in both silk and cotton. But the Jamdani Tanta/Taant cotton, Dhakai Benarosi, Rajshahi silk, Sirajgonj Tanter sari, tashar silk, and Katan sari are the most popular in Bangladesh.