A research team of Department of Botany in Rajshahi University (RU) has invented an ancient cotton variety of Egypt from a village in the country’s southern district Bagerhat recently.
Under the muslin cloth manufacturing technology restoration project, the team unearthed the variety after getting about its information from a student of Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of the university.
“There is no scope of finding out the unique and the only variety from any other part of the country,” said Prof Dr Monzur Hossain, a teacher of the botany department and research head of the project, while talking to journalist on Tuesday. Gossipeum Barbadense is the scientific name of the variety, he added.
He said sample of the variety was collected from the village in December last year. Chairman of Bangladesh Handloom Board Rafiqul Islam, Director of RU’s Institute of Biological Sciences Prof Firoz Alam and investigator Prof Mustafizur Rahman were present at the time of sample collection.
Highlighting the salient feature of the variety Prof Hossain said it can be an excellent opportunity of revitalizing the world famous muslin in the country.
Prof Hossain presumed that the cotton variety might have been brought by Saint Khanjahan Ali in the area when he came there from Middle East in 14th century. In the contemporary time, cotton farming was plenty in Mosul of Iraq.
In that time, the people used to make muslin cloth in Bangladesh majority of them were from Masul.