The skill of gifted craftsmen can be seen in the district markets. Ivory carving has been patronized from the Nawabs time and about 99% of total production of ivory is exported, which draws a significant amount of Murshidabad`s income. Sandalwood etching has become more popular than ivory carving now. Murshidabad is famous for brass and bell metal ware also.
Silk weaving industry constituted to be the principal cottage industry in Murshidabad. The raw silk weaving has been growing prominently since the pre – historic times. However the silk industry in West Bengal is concentrated in Murshidabad. The brand “Murshidabad silk” is not only famous across India, but also has a great demand throughout the world. Sericulture industry is the principal agro-based rural industry in Murshidabad.