Art & Culture Trivia

GI Tag is applied to seven UP products

  • The Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai has awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tags to seven different Uttar Pradesh products.
  • These items represent the region’s rich heritage and workmanship.

What is GI Tag?

  • A geographical indication (GI) is a symbol used on items that have a specific geographical origin and have traits or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • Nodal Agency: Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry In September 2003, India adopted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 as a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
  • GIs are defined in Article 22 (1) of the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
  • The tag is good for ten years.

GI tags awarded in UP

(1) Amroha Dholak – A Musical Masterpiece

  • The Amroha Dholak is a natural wood musical instrument made with a preference for mango, jackfruit, and teakwood.
  • Carving Method: Skilled artisans carve multiple-sized hollow blocks out of mango and sheesham wood, which are then fitted with animal skin, primarily goatskin, to construct the instrument.

(2) Baghpat Home Furnishings – Timeless Handloom Artistry

  • For years, Baghpat and Meerut have been known for their exclusive handloom house furnishings and running fabrics made from cotton yarn.
  • Traditional Weaving: In the handloom weaving process, skilled weavers in the region use only cotton yarn, ensuring the authenticity and quality of the products.

(3) Barabanki Handloom Product – A Heritage of Weaving

  • Barabanki and its neighbouring territories are home to over 50,000 weavers and 20,000 looms, demonstrating the importance of handloom weaving.
  • Weaving Tradition: The region has a strong tradition of handloom weaving, with experienced craftsmen contributing to Barabanki’s thriving textile sector.

(4) Kalpi Handmade Paper – Time-Honored Craftsmanship

  • Kalpi is well-known for its handmade paper, which was introduced by Gandhian Munnalal ‘Khaddari’ in the 1940s.
  • Craftsmanship Legacy: The handmade paper-making cluster in Kalpi employs over 5,000 craftspeople and around 200 units, sustaining the fine paper-making history.

(5) Mahoba Gaura Patthar Hastashlip – Crafted Elegance

  • Mahoba Gaura Patthar Hastashlip represents the region’s stone workmanship, made from the rare and soft ‘Pyro Flight Stone.’
  • Radiant White Stone: The craft makes use of radiant white-colored stone that is commonly available in the area to create magnificent craft goods.

(6) Mainpuri Tarkashi – Artistry in Brass Wire Inlay

  • Tarkashi, an art form featuring brass wire inlay work on wood, is well-known in Mainpuri.
  • Tarkashi was traditionally used to make khadaous (wooden sandals) as a family requirement, replacing leather owing to cultural reasons.

(7) Sambhal Horn Craft – Unique Handmade Art

  • Sambhal Horn Craft uses raw materials taken from deceased animals and rigorous handcrafting methods.
  • Artisanal Creation: Skilled artisans transform raw materials into stunning handcrafted items that highlight the uniqueness of Sambhal’s horn craft.
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