Recently given GI tags

  • Many Geographical Indications (GI) Tags have been awarded in India’s states over the last week. 

About GI Tag

  • A GI tag is used to identify products with a certain geographical origin and their associated qualities or reputation.
  • India, a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), implemented the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, effective September 2003. The nodal agency is the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • GIs are defined in Article 22 (1) of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement.
  • The tag is good for ten years.

Recently Awarded GI Tags

[1] Narasapur Crochet Lace Craft:

TechniqueHandcrafted crochet lace-making using fine threads
DesignNatural and traditional motifs inspire intricate patterns and motifs.
UniquenessKnown for delicate and elaborate motifs, utilised in sarees, dress fabrics, and home decor.
Economic ImpactProvides a livelihood for local artisans, increases market value, and safeguards against imitation.
RecognitionThe GI tag promotes cultural heritage and the economic development of craftsmen.

[2] Mukha Shilpa of Majuli:

OriginMajuli, Assam, the world’s largest river island
ArtformTraditional mask-making, also known as Mukha Shilpa
MaterialMade of eco-friendly materials like bamboo, clay, and cloth.
UniquenessMasks depict mythological characters, deities, and animals, preserving Assamese culture
Cultural SignificanceUsed in traditional Sattriya dance styles, rituals and festivals.
Economic ImpactThe GI tag encourages tourism, empowers local craftspeople, and supports conservation efforts.
Conservation EffortsRecognition strengthens efforts to maintain and develop this old art form.

[3] Traditional Tribal Attire ‘Risa’:

OriginTripura, northeastern state known for rich tribal culture
AttireTraditional attire worn by Tripuri tribal women
FabricHandwoven cotton cloth with vivid colours and detailed motifs.
UniquenessUnique weaving techniques and motifs that symbolise tribal identity.
Cultural HeritageWearing it during festivals and ceremonies is an integral component of Tripuri culture.
Economic ImpactGI tag improves market exposure and supports the livelihoods of weavers
Preservation EffortsRecognition encourages the preservation and renewal of traditional weaving processes.

[4] Riyawan Garlic (Madhya Pradesh):

OriginRiyawan village in Ratlam district, Madhya Pradesh
VarietyA type of garlic recognised for its distinct flavour, aroma, and therapeutic benefits.
CultivationGrown organically in fertile soil and favorable climate
UniquenessDistinct flavour and pungency, popular in culinary applications and Ayurvedic health.
Health BenefitsRich in antioxidants and thought to offer therapeutic effects for a variety of diseases.
Economic ImpactGI tag improves local agriculture and provides economic opportunities for farmers.
Quality AssuranceRecognition ensures authenticity and quality while protecting against imitation.

[5] ‘Chandi Tarakasi’ or Silver Filigree:

OriginCuttack, Odisha, is known for centuries-old silver filigree workmanship.
CraftsmanshipThe intricate craft of twisting and curling small silver wires to produce beautiful patterns and shapes.
UtilityUsed in jewellery, cookware, decorative objects, and souvenirs.
UniquenessUnique patterns expressing Odia culture and heritage are passed down through generations.
Artistic ValuePrized for craftsmanship and artistic appeal
Economic ImpactGI tag increases market value, supports local artists, and promotes the preservation of cultural heritage.
Cultural HeritageRecognition encourages the preservation and perpetuation of traditional art forms.

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