Seven Indian Products Secure Geographical Indication Tags

  • 03 Aug 2023

Recently, the Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to seven products from different regions of India.

Key Points:

  • Products with GI Tags: The products that received GI tags are: ‘Jalesar Dhatu Shilp’ (a metal craft), ‘Goa Mankurad Mango’, ‘Goan Bebinca’, ‘Udaipur Koftgari Metal Craft’, ‘Bikaner Kashidakari Craft’, ‘Jodhpur Bandhej Craft’, and ‘Bikaner Usta Kala Craft’.
  • Mankurad Mango from Goa: The All Goa Mango Growers Association filed the application for the GI tag for Mankurad Mango, also known as malcorada or Goa mankur.
  • The name 'malcorada' given by the Portuguese means 'poor colored,' which later evolved into 'mankurad aamo' in Konkani.
  • Goan Bebinca: The GI tag for Goan Bebinca was filed by the All Goa Bakers and Confectioners Association.
  • Bebinca is a traditional Indo-Portuguese pudding and is often referred to as the 'queen of Goan desserts.'
  • Jalesar Dhatu Shilp from Uttar Pradesh: Over 1,200 small units in Jalesar, Uttar Pradesh, are engaged in making decorative metal craft and brassware known as 'Jalesar Dhatu Shilp.'
  • The Thatheras community residing in Hathuras mohalla creates these products, including anklets and bells.
  • Rajasthan Crafts with GI Tags: Four crafts from Rajasthan were granted GI tags, including 'Udaipur Koftgari Metal Craft.'
  • The craft involves intricate ornamentation of weapons through a process of etching designs, embedding gold and silver wire into the metal, and polishing it.
  • Bikaner Kashidakari Craft: The GI tag was secured for the 'Bikaner Kashidakari Craft,' which features fine stitches and mirror-work on fabrics like cotton, silk, or velvet, primarily used for marriage-related gift items.
  • Jodhpur Bandhej Craft: The 'Jodhpur Bandhej Craft' received the GI tag, representing the Rajasthani art of tying and dyeing.
  • Muslin, silk, and voile fabrics are used, and cotton thread is used to tie the fabric.
  • Bikaner Usta Kala Craft: Also known as gold nakashi or gold manauti work, the 'Bikaner Usta Kala Craft' uses untreated raw camel hide and is crafted by the Dapgar community of leather craftsmen. The craft is known for its long-lasting golden colour.