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.

Textile Centres

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).

Baluchari Silk Sarees :
Baluchari sarees are pure silk sarees which are characterized by mythologiocal depictions in the pallu of the saree. These depictions are usually taken from scenes of Mahabharata or Ramayana. Production of a ‘Baluchar’ is an extensive process which involves a lot of steps and is woven on a jacquard loom. Baluchari sari has been given a Geographical Indication (GI) status for India.
Garad Sarees :
One of the finest and lightweight pure silk sarees produced in Murshidabad. Traditional Garad sarees are characterized with a white or off-white body with a red coloured border and a striped pallu. Often variations can be found in the colours of the border and pallu of the saree however the colour of the body remains to be white- or off white.

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.

Sericulture :
Murshidabad has a loing history of silk production which dates back to the 18th century. Sericulture refers to the practice of cultivating silkworms for the production of silk fiber. It involves a series of process to obtain a fine silk fiber. Come experience the transformation of a silkworm to a silk fiber with us and its further transformation into a silk masterpiece- stoles, sarees elc
Apart from Murshidabad, you should also visit the nearby districts to get a complete tour of the Silk Circuit of East India. Such as - Shantiniketan (Hundreds of artisans are involved in in producing the long-established products for generations - hand-printed, hand-embroidery, leather crafts and fine embroidery on luxurious silks); Phulia (Japan, West Asia and Europe are their main export markets) and Bishnupur (an important cottage industry where about 15% of its population is employed in the handloom sector)

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