Despite its history of economic troubles, Bangladesh has been showing some signs of improvement in the past decade, and has long since recovered from the crash its market experienced following the downturn in demand for jute (at the time, its most important export product). Amidst this slow but steady economic recovery is a thriving culture of production that has roots in both the country’s traditions-as seen in the hand-engraved metalware in its markets-and in more recent movements of industrialisation-as seen in the enormous garments market of the country, which has led to it being named one of the top 5 exporters of clothing in the world by both The Economist and the WTO. What this means is that some great opportunities for shopping in Bangladesh can be availed of nowadays, what with the richness of the local markets and shops.
Bangladesh is a largely agricultural country, so you can expect some of the most popular local products to be crops or made from agricultural products. Perhaps two of the best things to take home from the country are tea and jute, both of which are in the top 10 products of the country. For jute, you shall find nearly all the local markets carrying some wonderfully rustic-looking bags, wraps, and other products made of it that you can bring back home for a bit of Bangladeshi flavour. Spices are also cheap in the country, so you may want to go hunting among the spice stalls in the malls or shops. [Read more…]