Mamata Banerjee to design sarees for Bengal's ailing handloom brand Tantuja

Written by PTI | Kolkata | Updated: Oct 31 2013, 17:16pm hrs
Mamata BanerjeeMamata Banerjee had showed interest in herbs used for medicines and had wondered if herbal colours could be used in designing sarees.
Bengal's ailing handloom brand 'Tantuja' is all set to get the personal touch of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who will design the six yard wonder.

During her last few visits to North Bengal, Banerjee had showed interest in herbs used for medicines and had wondered if herbal colours could be used in designing sarees, Minister of State for Micro and Small Scale Enterprises and Textile Swapan Debnath said.

"The chief minister wants to revive ailing 'Tantuja', once a popular handloom brand of Bengal, by designing sarees," Debnath said.

The chief minister was also interested in designing sarees through discussions with weavers, he said.

She has set up ministry level and secretary level committees to popularise medicinal and herbal plants in the state and promote their marketing in the country and abroad.

Banerjee has sought a report from the committees within a month.

The minister hoped that the chief minister's initiative would promote marketing of 'Tantuja' products in the country and abroad.