Bhakurta, a village of jewellers

  • Residents of Savar's Bhakurta say they have been crafting jewellery for the past 150 years. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Residents of Savar's Bhakurta say they have been crafting jewellery for the past 150 years. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Savar's Bhakurta Union is known as a village of jewellers after many of its residents took up the profession during the British rule. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Savar's Bhakurta Union is known as a village of jewellers after many of its residents took up the profession during the British rule. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • A range of jewllery from tiara, earring, nose ring, necklace to bracelet, waist chain to anklet are made in Savar's Bhakurta. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A range of jewllery from tiara, earring, nose ring, necklace to bracelet, waist chain to anklet are made in Savar's Bhakurta. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Anyone can come to Bhakurta and order customised jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Anyone can come to Bhakurta and order customised jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • The prices of jewellery range from Tk 20 to Tk 1,000 based on their shape, material and design. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    The prices of jewellery range from Tk 20 to Tk 1,000 based on their shape, material and design. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • The jewellery made in Bhakurta are sold wholesale in and outside Dhaka as the traders from the capital order the products in advance. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    The jewellery made in Bhakurta are sold wholesale in and outside Dhaka as the traders from the capital order the products in advance. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Although there is a fair demand for Varkuta's jewellery throughout the year, it increases manifold during the Eid holidays, artisans say. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Although there is a fair demand for Varkuta's jewellery throughout the year, it increases manifold during the Eid holidays, artisans say. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Some are making jewellery at home while others have opened up small workstations. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Some are making jewellery at home while others have opened up small workstations. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Each member of the family, including the children, is somehow involved in the making of jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Each member of the family, including the children, is somehow involved in the making of jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Silver, copper and bronze are primarily used to make the jewelleries. Gold was used too in the past but the market for it has disappeared. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Silver, copper and bronze are primarily used to make the jewelleries. Gold was used too in the past but the market for it has disappeared. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Anyone can come to Bhakurta and order customised jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Anyone can come to Bhakurta and order customised jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Some are making jewellery at home while others have opened up small workstations. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Some are making jewellery at home while others have opened up small workstations. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Residents of Savar's Bhakurta say they have been crafting jewellery for the past 150 years. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Residents of Savar's Bhakurta say they have been crafting jewellery for the past 150 years. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Gas torches have replaced kerosene lamps for the making of jewellery. Many more modern equipment are used now but most of the work is still done by hand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Each member of the family, including the children, is somehow involved in the making of jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Each member of the family, including the children, is somehow involved in the making of jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • A range of jewllery from tiara, earring, nose ring, necklace to bracelet, waist chain to anklet are made in Savar's Bhakurta. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A range of jewllery from tiara, earring, nose ring, necklace to bracelet, waist chain to anklet are made in Savar's Bhakurta. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Savar's Bhakurta Union is known as a village of jewellers after many of its residents took up the profession during the British rule. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Savar's Bhakurta Union is known as a village of jewellers after many of its residents took up the profession during the British rule. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Anyone can come to Bhakurta and order customised jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Anyone can come to Bhakurta and order customised jewellery. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi