GI tag for Nagpur orange, Dharmavaram saris

Thu 01 Aug 2013

The juicy Nagpur orange, the famous tribal Warli art, Dharmavaram saris and Kerala’s Kaipad rice have been cleared for inclusion in Geographical Indications (GI) registry in the country. The logo for Leather Toys of Indore (already a GI product) was also approved.

These productswere approved at a consultative expert meeting organised by Controller General of Patents at Hyderabad last Friday. They will be notified after providing four months for the public to file its objections.

The Warli tribal art, representing the folklore of the Warli tribe, is mostly practised by women and has become popular among the art connoisseurs in recent times. The famous saris coming from Dharmavaram, a weaving cluster in Ananthpur of Andhra Pradesh, have been described by the Andhra Pradesh Weavers Cooperative Society Ltd. as saris with broad solid colour borders with contrast pallu s woven with brocaded gold patterns. Kaipad rice is the system of paddy cultivation in brackish water.

“The four products approved in the meeting were among the 12 that were taken up for deliberations since they conformed to the norms,” Chinnaraja G. Naidu, the Assistant Registrar of the Geographical Indications Registry, told The Hindu .

Hyderabad Biryani

again has to wait

The wait for the famous Hyderabad Biryani to get the GI tag continues as the application was kept pending for want of documents.

The Connoisseurs of Deccani Biryani Maker Association, the applicant for the GI tag, was not able to produce historical records such as gazette or writings in the recent meeting, Mr. Naidu, said.

“The association has sought two more months to file the documents,” he added.


Geographical Indication:

geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). The use of a GI may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.

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