Best of Bengal

Murshidabad Silk

  • Murshidabad once boasted of a robust silk industry that catered to the exports of the East India Company; the production process of Murshidabad silk is as intriguing as the fact that a single cocoon can reel in to 1000 to 1200 meters of silk filament.

  • This shiny fabric is particularly manufactured in the silk-manufacturing city of Murshidabad, West Bengal, which has been the home of all things related to sericulture,weaving and printing – thus making it the ‘Silk Mecca’ of East India.

  • Murshidabad Silk's absorbency makes it comfortable to wear in warm weather, while its low conductivity keeps warm air close to the skin during cold weather; these properties continue to make the prized fabric extremely popular.

  • Apart from woven silk saris, Murshidabad also boasts of printed silk saris, kantha embroidered silk saris, and also saris with silk fabric dyed in batik designs.

  • As the Bengal government has implemented numerous measures to revive the Murshidabad silk industry by experimenting with spun technologies and developing fabrics by utilising silk waste, with the right impetus it is only a matter of time before Murshidabad silks are back in demand.

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Comments (2)
Riya Sarkar Reply
November 16, 2013
Murshidabad silk represents one of the best that Bengal handicrafts have to offer.
Sumana Reply
November 16, 2013
Good to see that Murshidabad silk is being highlighted.
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