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Pictured: Tens of thousands of jute sticks create mesmerising patterns as they are left in the water by farmers. The pictures were taken by Abdul Momin at Natore in Bangladesh. Photographer Abdul Momin said “Farmers collect jute plants from the field and submerge them for retting in this natural water body for two to three weeks. Jute retting is a biological process in which fibers are extracted by decomposing the plants through the joint action of water and aquatic microorganisms, like bacteria. Jute plants turn from green to reddish and finally pale grey through many stages of decomposition. Which create striking colorful pattern and look like huge maze from above.” “Once the plants are ready farmers peel the skin off and wash them thoroughly in water to obtain the fibre. After drying fibres they are sold in various wholesale markets. Raw jute fibres are usually sold between 0.5-0.8 GBP per kilogram. Price solely depends on quality of the fibre.” Please byline: Abdul Momin/Solent News © Abdul Momin/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800 *** Local Caption *** Farmers left jute sticks in lake water for rotting which created pattern like maze. > That particular area of floating jute was about 2 square kilometre. > Farmers collect jute plants from the field and submerge them for retting in this natural water body for two to three weeks. Jute retting is a biological process in which fibers are extracted by decomposing the plants through the joint action of water and aquatic microorganisms, like bacteria. Jute plants turn from green to reddish and finally pale grey through many stages of decomposition. Which create striking colorful pattern and look like huge maze from above. > Once the plants are ready farmers peel the skin off and wash them thoroughly in water to obtain the fibre. After drying fibres they are sold in various wholesale markets. I will send a different set of photos of the markets very soon. Raw jute fibres are usually sold between 0.5-0.8 GBP per kilogram. Price solely depends on quality of the fibre. > Not everywhere farmers place jute plants to float openly in water body. It's local custom of that particular area. In other areas farmers put mud and banana trunks on jute plants to speed up the retting process which is not so eye-catching obviously. > Bangladesh is the second largest producer of jute in the world with an estimated annual production of 1.6 million tons. Around 4 million farmers in Bangladesh are involved in jute cultivation. Majority of them use traditional method and time consuming approach of retting in ponds or canals water. Abdul Momin, 31 Photographer Bogura, Bangladesh.
2022-09-20
Abdul Momin/Solent News & Photo Agency/Solent News/East News
Solent News
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