DHAKA – More than US$100m will be spent on revitalising the once-booming traditional silk sector of Bangladesh. Work will be led by Bangladesh Silk Development Board (BSDB) which will re-launch 23 more parts of the partially functional Rajshahi Silk Factory in the coming year. A spokesperson from BSDB said the reopening of the factory could potentially create 10,000 jobs if all 58 looms are re-launched.
Bangladesh’s silk industry is one of the oldest in the world. Farmers in the north-western border district of Rajshahi produce some of the most sought-after silk yarns, specialising in high-quality mulberry silk produced by the larvae of moths fed on fresh mulberry leaves.