KOLKATA: West Bengal government has decided to set up a ‘design bank’ to revive the silk sarees produced in the state. This will be done with the help of students of art colleges in the state and other artistes against remuneration that will be provided by the state government.

Bengal silk was once famous worldwide. Under the patronage of the nawabs of Murshidabad Bengal silk products reached Europe and were later exported by the British merchants. The quality of Murshidabad silk was premium and the designs were exclusive. However, with time, the Murshidabad silk lost its glory along with Bishnupuri silk.

The state chief minister Mamata Banerjee has taken active interest to revive the lost heritage. In order to popularise the silk products manufactured in the state, she has advised the weavers to bring about variations in designs so that they look more modern.The weight of the sarees will also be reduced, sources added.





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