WEST BENGAL KHADI & VILLAGE INDUSTRIES BOARD

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West Bengal has established its status under Khadi Programme for its unique art and craftsmanship. The climatic condition and abundant local resources have widened the scope for the development of Khadi Programme in the State. The districts of Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, Birbhum, Bankura, Hooghly, Purulia have the extensive coverage of the Khadi Programmes, especially for Silk & Muslin Khadi. Mulberry Cocoon cultivation in the districts of Malda, Murshidabad and parts of Birbhum has been increased adequately and as a result of which, silk reeling and weaving unit have been concentrated in those localities. Further, a good number of skilled artisans are also available in those area. As such, the scope of silk khadi activities in those areas have been expanded considerably. Jiagunj, Raghunathganj, Piarapur area of Murshidabad district are famous for the Garad varieties, while the Bishnupur in Bankura district is famous for the exclusive Baluchari design. Besides Mulberry Silk, Matka Silk, Tassar Silk are produced in good quality and in huge quantity also. In production of Silk Khadi the State contributes 36.37% of total Silk Khadi production in KVI sector and ranks in 1st position in overall performance under KVIC. Another prestigious product of Bengal is Muslin Khadi. The glorious art of Bengal have regained its status under the patronage of Khadi & Village Industries Commission. Muslin Khadi has reached to its fineness to the extent of 500 metric count and there is no Competitor of this industry. The main characteristic of this industry is maximum employment of women artisans. Around 8000 women artisans in the state are engaged in this industry. Muslin Khadi Industry have grown up in the districts of Murshidabad, Nadia, Burdwan and Malda. In production of Muslin Khadi, the state ranks top contributing its share 55.25% the total production of Muslin Khadi in KVI Sector.

1 Cotton Khadi
2 Muslin Khadi
3 Silk Khadi
4 Wollen Khadi
5 Polyvastra