Bhagalpur is a divisional town of historical importance situated on the southern
bank of the Ganga river. The Bhagalpur handloom weaver’s history traces back to
over 100 years. It was a family tradition among the lower income group of
people to take up the weaving job.
There are about approximately 70,000 handloom weavers in
Bhagalpur handloom cluster. The major products produced here are Silk
Dress material, Sarees, Salwar Suits, Dupattas, Kurta- Pyjamas, Cushion Covers,
Bed Sheets, Shawls, Scarves, Curtains, Throws, Table Covers, and Napkins &
The total value of trade from Bhagalpur cluster is around Rs 100 crore
annually. 50 percent of the turnover is from the domestic market and the
balance 50 percent is from export market. The Bhagalpur cluster is the second
highest in silk fabric production and exports, after Karnataka.
Bhagalpur silk home furnishing made ups are gradually becoming popular in the
domestic as well as overseas markets as well.
In Bhagalpur the weavers service centre (GOI) was established in the year 1974
with a view to developing handloom silk industry in the state of Bihar. There
has been partially successful in providing training to weavers and in the area
of designing, printing and dyeing.
The production of handloom tassar silk in the form of fabric is 200 metric tons
annually. 50 percent of the silk tassar fabric is being exported and the
balance 50 percent of the fabric is converted into Sarees and other dress
The Bhagalpur handloom cluster has some very good inherent opportunities like;
very good export potential for home furnishing value added made ups in the
selected overseas countries, brand building for handloom silk value added
products in the domestic and international market.
Other opportunities include product diversification like that of home
furnishing value added made ups and it has access to a very large Indian market
for branded silk products due to the present high growth of retail sales in
Mr. Dhananjay Kumar
Asian Society for Entrepreneurship Education &
Aseed House, C-8/8007, Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi - 110 070
Phone: +91 - 11 - 2613 - 0635 /0242
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