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India grants GI Tags to over 60 items

Published: 5th Apr, 2024

India grants GI Tags to over 60 items

Context

Over 60 products from across India have been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. 

The important products

  • Tripura:
    • Pachra-Rignai, which is a traditional dress worn on special occasions
    • Matabari Peda, a sweet preparation
  • Uttar Pradesh (Banaras)
    • Banaras Thandai, a drink made by blending milk with a nutritious mix of nuts, seeds and spices
    • The Banaras Tabla, Banaras Shehnai, Banaras Lal Bharwamirch and Banaras Lal Peda.
  • Assam:
    • Six traditional crafts from Assam — Asharikandi terracotta craft, Pani Meteka craft, Sarthebari metal craft, Jaapi (bamboo headgear of rural Assam), Mishing handloom products, and the Bihu dhol.
    • Others:
      • Bodo Dokhona, the traditional attire of Bodo women
      • Bodo Eri silk, referred to as the fabric of peace or ahimsa (non-violence), which comes from the silkworm Samia ricini that feeds mostly on the leaves of the castor plant (Ricinus communis), and cassava
      • Bodo Jwmgra (a traditional scarf)
      • Bodo Gamsa (traditional dress of Bodo men)
      • Bodo Thorkha (a musical instrument)
      • Bodo Sifung (a long flute)
  • Meghalaya:
    • Meghalaya Garo Textile weaving (Garo dakmanda)
    • Meghalaya Lyrnai Pottery
    • Meghalaya Chubitchi (traditional drink)
    • Lakadong turmeric

Fact Box: GI Tag

  • The Geographical Indication is awarded to products that have a specific geographical origin, and that have characteristics related to a particular location.
  • Till date, around 635 products in India have been given the GI tag.
  • The first GI tag in the country was given two decades ago to the famous Darjeeling tea.

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