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New GI tags announced

Date: 31 August 2019 Tags: Handicrafts

Issue

 

Kondagi sarees and Dindigul locks from Tamil Nadu have been awarded Geographical Indication tags.

 

Background

 

The Geographical Indication sign is used on products which correspond to a specific geographical location. The use of a geographical indication may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.

Details

 

Dindigul Locks

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  • The lock making unit was set up by Sankaralingachari brothers in Dindigul more than 150 years ago. Lock making is a popular cottage industry. The industry in Dindigul is more than 100 years old and spread over five villages.

  • It has evolved its unique craftsmanship distinct from other lock making hubs, such as Aligarh in UP and Das Nagar in West Bengal.

  • Every lock is designed and possesses a unique style and special name such as  Mango Lock, Door Lock, Almirah Lock, Export Lock etc. Every lock possesses a unique style.

Kandagi sarees

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  • Karaikudi is the home for products like the hand-woven Kandangi sarees.Kandangi sarees are hand-woven by highly skilled weavers in the town. They take nearly a week to make an exquisite saree.

  • Kandangi cotton sarees are made by weavers of Devanga Chettiars for women of Chettiar community, also referred to as Nakarathars or Nattukottai Chettiars.The sarees are being made in the town for more than 150-years. 

  • Traditionally, Kandangi sarees were all brick-red, black and mustard, a combination that suits any type of complexion. The traditional Kandangi cotton saree is known to be distinctly characterised in the border by the design of temple checks.