Good news for Bengal handloom saree enthusiasts: Tantuja is poised for a revival
For the better part of a year I have been associated with the Design Department of Tantuja, the Apex Society of handloom weavers’ cooperative societies in West Bengal.
Tantuja sarees = West Bengal handloom
With its headquarters in Kolkata, Tantuja has for long been synonymous with Banglar tant (literally Bengal handlooms). It has also seen one of the largest Government interventions in the handloom sector in this part of the world (it is under the Ministry of Micro and Small Scale Enterprises and Textiles, Govt. of West Bengal). To give you a small picture, it has nearly 450 active member societies, and 100 exclusive retail outlets!
The major retail products as of now are -
- Silk: – Murshidabad silk printed saree; Garod, Baluchari, Matka, Korial and Fulia silk sarees;
- Cotton: – Tangail, Shantipuri, Dhaniakhali, Begampuri sarees
Handloom bedsheets: – Printed/woven
Handloom Stoles: – Silk and cotton
Others: – Dhoti, lungi, gamchha
There is also a vast range of embroidered sarees with kantha, ari and zari work.
With the winds of change blowing, it’s turnaround time here at Tantuja. You may expect a strong revival effort over the next few years. Don’t be surprised if we emerge once again as the single major player in Bengal handloom.
Let’s hope the somnolent giant actually flexes its muscles once again!
Here are a few products developed for Tantuja by yours truly.
Here are some of the exclusive outlets/showrooms of Tantuja in & around Kolkata: -
|H.O. + Showroom|
|Tantuja Bhawan, DD – 18/4, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 064, near Salt Lake City Centre|
|Park Street||24 Park Street Kolkata 700016||Shyambazar||129 / 1A Bidhan Sarani Kolkata 700 004|
|Lindsay Street||26A Lindsay Street, Kolkata 700 016||Ultadanga||Uttarapan (Maniktala Civic Centre), Kolkata 700 054|
|Gariahat (Gol Park)||23 – A Gariahat Road, Kolkata 700 019||Howrah Maidan||27 / 2 G. T. Road, Howrah|
|Dhakuria||G-5 & G-6, Dakhinapan, CIT Complex, Kolkata 700 088||Uttarpara||219 G. T. Road, Uttarpara, Hooghly|
|Sealdah||18 A. P. C. Road, Kolkata 700 009 (opp. Sealdah Stn.)||Shyamnagar||Ghosh Para Road|