In 1916, a group of public spirited citizens of Kolkata recognizing the need for an organization to assist in re-establishing cottage industries on a firm basis, founded the Bengal Home Industries Association and registered it under the Indian companies act VII (section 26) in 1917. The first Honorary secretary of this association was the renowned artist Sri Gaganendra Nath Tagore, who designed the very first scarf with a beautiful traditional motif.
The silk industries has especially benefitted by the Association's promotional work of reviving old and traditional designs. Besides textiles, the Association has been responsible for reviving many other crafts like the pal, or measuring bowls of Suri. These bowls are now popular with buyers and today many families are engaged in their manufacturers.
The Association maintains a showroom at 11, Camac street where the individual craftsman and small producing organizations get the opportunity to display a variety of products made of cotton, silk, jute, teracottas, wood, brass, copper, papier mache, dokra, sola, sandle wood etc. These hand-crafted products are collected not only from Bengal but form other states as well. Every effort is made to give publicity to the products on sale in the Association's showroom.