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Mamata Banerjee to design ‘Tantuja’ sarees

PTI  Kolkata, October 31, 2013
First Published: 12:47 IST(31/10/2013) | Last Updated: 12:52 IST(31/10/2013)

West 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.

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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 CM is known for her own style statement -- a white cotton saree with blue border.

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

The chief minister was 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.


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