Dhaniakhali in Hooghly district, once famous for its superfine dhotis has, with falling demand for them, moved over to the production of equally superior Sarees in pastel shades.
The material for the Dhaniakhali sari is somewhat coarse and heavier than other textiles from Bengal but suits the middle class budget and as such is popular.
An ordinary Dhaniakhali sari takes a minimum of two days (10–12 hours each day), to be woven, The most exotic ones take four to five days to weave.
In contrast to the Dhanikhali Sarees, those of Bengampur have deep, bright colours. A number of large cotton weavers' villages have been weaving handspun Khadi yarn since the sixties.