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GI tag given to Cuttack Rupa Tarakasi & Banglar Muslin

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Cuttack Rupa Tarakasi (Silver Filigree) and Banglar Muslin have been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai. 

Cuttack Rupa Tarakasi (Silver Filigree)

The renowned Cuttack Rupa Tarakasi (Silver Filigree) has long been linked to exquisite artistry and opulent styling in classical jewelry. According to the historical records submitted with the GI filing, it is believed that Tarakasi work was introduced to Cuttack from Persia via Indonesia approximately 500 years ago through maritime trade.

The other products to join the GI league:

Banglar muslin

Banglar muslin is a traditional handloom craft from Bengal that is very popular. This exquisite muslin is made from cotton, and the threads used to weave it maintain high tensile strength at counts above 300 counts and up to 600 counts. This makes it stronger than any other cotton product available.

Lace crochet of Narsapur

Narsapur, a town located in the West Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh, is renowned for its excellent crochet craft skills. Missionaries introduced this handicraft to Narsapur, which has now become a leading center for handmade crocheted lacework. The town's crochet craft is famous worldwide for its intricate craftsmanship, unique designs, and good quality.

Ratlam Riyawan Lahsun (Garlic)

Ratlam Riyawan Lahsun is a variety of garlic named after Riyawan village in Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh.

Majuli mask of Assam

Majuli masks from Assam are available in different varieties and sizes, which are divided into three categories. The "Mukha bona" is a face mask that covers only the face, while the "Lotokoi" hanging mask is bigger and extends to the chest. Finally, the "Cho Mukha" is a huge mask that covers both the head and body. 

Assam Majuli Manuscript Paintings

The Assam Majuli Manuscript Paintings depict many stories and chapters from the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as subjects from the Bhagavata Purana.

Ambaji White Marble:

Ambaji Superior White Marble is a type of Indian marble that has a pure white color with light gray veins running through it. This marble is quarried in the marble mines located in Gujarat, India. Ambaji Superior White Marble is formed when limestone undergoes a process of recrystallization under the earth's crust due to intense pressure and heat.

Tripura Risa Textile:

The traditional attire worn by Tripuri females consists of three parts - risa, rignai, and rikutu. Risa is a handwoven cloth that can be used as an upper garment, headgear, stole, or as a sign of respect. When worn as an upper garment, it is wrapped twice around the torso.

Hyderabad Lac Bangles:

The lac bangles of Hyderabad have been granted registration with the Registrar of Geographical Indications in Chennai.

What is a geographical indication?

  • A geographical indication (GI) is a label used on products that come from a specific geographic region and possess qualities or reputation due to that region. To function as a GI, a label must identify a product that comes from a particular place.
  • Geographical indications are considered an element of intellectual property rights under Articles 1 (2) and 10 of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Articles 22 to 24 of the TRIPS Agreement cover them. This agreement was included in the GATT negotiations that concluded the Uruguay Round.
  • As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), India enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999, which became effective on September 15, 2003, to register and protect GIs.

India’s first GI Tag: Darjeeling Tea


Answer: Geographical Indication Registry

Answer: Darjeeling Tea

Answer: Geographical Indication Tag
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