SILK, the queen of textiles has an unparalleled grandeur, natural sheen and high durability because of which it was initially worn by the Mughal nobility only. In the 18th century, with the growing demand of silk in the international market, the East India Company started a factory at Cossimbazar to meet the competition from the Dutch, French and Armenians; making Murshidabad the nerve-center of silk weaving.
It declined as did the city, when the capital shifted to Calcutta (now Kolkata). But, from past few years a lot of initiatives are being taken by the government and NGOs to restore Murshidabad as a center of trade and a producer of exquisite silk.
TANTIPARA : Since Murshidabad is world famous for its Silk, a visit to Tantipara i.e. Weaver’s Village is worth your time. Lying on the outskirts of Murshidabad, this small village is keeping the art of silk handloom alive.
While visiting this village you can experience the age old techniques and highly skilled weavers preparing the finest of silk sarees which are now being recognized in both national and international markets. The weaver’s community prepare the famous Bengal sarees (Garad, Baluchari, Silk Handloom, etc).
ISLAMPORE : Another place of interest for textile lovers is Islampore where one can experience Sericulture & weaving of 100% Pure Murshidabad Silk. One may also interact with the local artisans and try their hands in getting their initials stitched on Silk stoles.