To take my sister who visited me to somewhere outside of Dhaka.
Tangail is good location for one day trip.
There is research center named "UBINIG".
Accommodation of a travel agent "AJIYER" stands besides the center.
AJIYER works for developing community tourism, and I booked through them.
It aims to include and benefit local communities.
The tour starts from 11 a.m, so we started Mohakhali bus terminal in Dhaka in the early morning.
Bus brought us to Tangail in 3 hours. (Bus was around 170tk....maybe)
We took CNG(not reserved, so it costs only15tk) to Pathrail.
It took 15 minutes or so.
Arriving Pathrail, I just kept saying "UBINIG" and people showed the way.
I passed by Mustard field......
If you didn't know, you may not notice the building.
However, there is pretty accommodation behind a door.
As we arrived, a staff offered tea and morning snack.
(Popular snak is Samosa or Shingara.....but somehow it was fried potato)
Then, we left our bags in room and started for tour.
But before leaving, some pictures of the room......
So, let's start.
At first, we visited Seed Wealth Centre.
In each jug, there is different kind of paddy.
There are around 3,000 kinds!
Then next, headed to weavers village.
Tangail is famous for saree.
There are 2 ways of weaving, one is "Jacquard system" and another is "Nokhshi Buti".
This is Jacquard system.
Pattern is in the weaving machine.
It takes 3 days for weaving for a saree.
After weaving, extra strings are cut.
Nokhshi Buti is done all by hand.
I heard it took about a week for a saree, and workers get 1,400tk.
I asked how long they worked a day.
Usually 8 a.m-8 p.m, was the answer. (though they can come later and leave earlier if they don't feel like to work though...)
But it was impressive how much work is done only for a saree!
Strings are also produced in the village.
A man in the picture walks with reeling a long string.
Dyed strings were hanged.