The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) opened its first “Patola Saree” silk processing plant at Surendranagar in Gujarat with the aim to make silk readily available to Patola saree manufacturers to boost its production. Patola is the trademark saree of Gujarat.
The Patola silk was founded by the Salvi caste (Scheduled) in the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. They moved to Gujarat in the 12th century in order. They are highly expensive and were once worn only by royal aristocratic families.