Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government would continue to extend all-out support for flourishing the country's weaving industry.
"Weaving is a high quality art and our aim is to expand and modernise the industry... we are ready to extend cooperation whatever is necessary and we would continue it for the further development of the industry," she said, reports BSS.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing the National Council 2017 of Bangladesh Tanti League held at Krishibid Institution Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday.
"We want to develop and enrich the industry further ... we have an attention to achieve the goal and we would do everything necessary for it," she said.
Sheikh Hasina also advised the males to wear shirts and panjabis made by the weavers, saying that these products look very beautiful.
"The females usually use sarees made by the weavers. But males could wear shirts and panjabis ... actually these products look very beautiful," the Prime Minister said.
In this connection, the Prime Minister pointed out that she buys shirts and panjabis made of high quality khaddar for her children.
“They like and wear those and in this way, if everybody uses such products, the weaving industry would be developed and enriched further," Sheikh Hasina said.
Sheikh Hasina also mentioned that she always wear sarees made by Bangladeshi weavers as she always tries to project the country's heritage and culture before the people.
"You have seen that after becoming the Prime Minister, I don’t wear French chiffon ... I always wear clothes made by Bangladesh or made by local weavers whether it is cotton or synthetic, even I wear saree made from 'khaddar'," she said.
She added, "We also have kept the sarees made by Bangladeshi weavers in the list of gifts that are presented to the foreign leaders and guests."
Chaired by convener of the Bangladesh Tanti League Md Enajur Rahman Chowdhury, its first joint convener Khagesh Chandra Debnath also spoke on the occasion while its 2nd joint convener Sadhana Das Gupta delivered the welcome address.
Bangladesh Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader was present at the dais.
Earlier, the Prime Minister formally inaugurated the National Council of Bangladesh Tanti League through hoisting the national flag. She also released white pigeons on the occasion.
A one-minute silence was also observed in memory of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, martyrs of the August 15 killings, martyrs of the War of Independence and those who laid down their lives in various democratic movements.