Published: Friday, April 5, 2013

Photo Feature

BUILDING BOATS

Though Bangladesh’s name has recently emerged as a ship-building nation, the tradition of building boats is centuries old. During the dry season, a festive Mood is noticeable in the areas around Chaktai khal in Chittagong. Twenty to 30 labourers are seen working manually with archaic tools on the huge wooden structures of fishing boats. Still today they follow traditional methods of building fishing trawlers that are capable of venturing out to the mid-sea. It takes about two to three months and about 50 to 60 lakh taka to complete building a single boat. The pictures have been taken from the shores of Chaktai khal, an estuary of the Bay of Bengal.

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