KOLKATA: The centurie sold fabric of muslin is now going overseas. West Bengal Khadi & Village Industries Board has joined hands with the Italian government to exhibit some of the iconic traditional handloom and handicrafts from the state in Rome and Milan this coming September.
Along with muslin sarees, baluchari sarees, and sitalpati and dokra artefacts would form part of a month-long exhibition spread across two of these biggest fashion destinations in the world. The formalities for holding the exhibition were completed recently after the Italian consul-general in Kolkata met the chairman of the Khadi Board.
Since becoming chief minister, Mamata Banerjee has been putting in efforts towards revitalising the handlooms and handicrafts industry of the state. As a result of her initiative, the revenue flow of the sector has improved. About 11,000 people have been given loans to produce more and better products. About 3,000 people have been engaged by the state government to revive the muslin industry, specifically. All these efforts have enabled a lot of people become self-sufficient.