The West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board has joined hands with the Italian Government to have some of the iconic traditional handloom and handicrafts of West Bengal exhibited in Rome and Milan this 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 markets 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.
Mamata Banerjee through her initiatives like Biswa Bangla and Club Muslin has tried to promote indigenous textiles and crafts of the state. Her initiatives to revitalise the industry has also made it a profitable one. About 11,000 people have been given loans to produce more and better goods. About 3,000 people have been engaged by the State Government to revive the muslin industry, specifically making people engaged in the business self-sufficient.