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Murshidabad has a rich history in manufacturing and exporting silk. That legacy continues till today.
I had the chance to peek into this vast industry of sericulture in West Bengal. Witnessed the transformation of a silk moth to the richest fabric of Ancient traditional textiles.
Sharing a few glimpses from my visit.
The making Queen of fibre "SILK" of Murshidabad.
Rearing of Silkworm feeding on Mulberry Leaves hence the name "Mulberry Silk". These worms will grow into a Silk Cocoon.
The Silk Cocoon is then boiled and fine silk filament is reeled. The silk hanks are then dyed and used for weaving.
Colourful dyed Silk.
The warping of silk yarn for weaving silk Fabric.
Weaving of beautiful Murshidabad silk sarees.
A panel of Baluchari Saree.
Handloom is the most sustainable and traditional way to produce fabric in India. Handloom woven silk fabric has much more valuable than the factory manufactured fabrics. Handloom symbolizes the craftsmanship of artisans, sustainability of process and livelihood of weavers. These fabrics have a high demand for domestic as well as export market. Handloom is actually the backbone of Economy of Rural India. Silks from Murshidabad is just one such example of the legacy of Ancient Indian Economy.
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