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The Vanishing Traces:

  ISBN : 9789744801005
  WL Order Code :  E22683
  Price :  US$13.00
  Bangkok 2013
  105 pp., illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk. Weight  0.195 kg
  Ahmed, Iftekhar; The Vanishing Traces:
: Vernacular Housing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts
  Update list on : 2017-01-30
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is a study of eleven minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh and their dwellings. It is a unique documentation of this architecture. The region in the southeast of Bangladesh, facing the Arakan region of Burma, is a hilly part of this otherwise largely flat country. It is the home of a number of Tibeto-Burman tribal groups, quite different from the mainstream Bangladeshi population. The vernacular housing of these communities is also unique and adapted sustainably to the hilly context, but for a variety of reasons is undergoing transformation, particularly the influence of the housing patterns of the mainstream population of the floodplains. The Chittagong Hill Tract housing styles and techniques are a valuable cultural resource; it is important to have a record of them before they vanish. This book brings together a compilation of the housing patterns of eleven of the main ethnic groups, including extensive photographs and drawings. A key question regarding the future uncertainty of the vernacular housing of these communities is ultimately posed: Will this unique and valuable cultural resource be eventually subsumed within the broader social, cultural and economic transformations that are not only local, but global?

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