Darjeeling Tea was the first Indian product to get geographical indication status, Nagpur orange among the last ones. Till March 2014, 215 Indian goods had got GI status. As the pulses mills and traders in Gulbarga, Karnataka, seek GI tag for Gulbarga toor, a look at some of the latest Indian products, between April 2013 and March 2014, to be awarded the same
Bastar Dhokra: Dhokra is a 4,000-5,000-year-old art of making metal artifacts by a wax-casting technique. Its earliest known artefact is the dancing girl of Mohenjo-daro.
Grains similar to Kalanamak were reportedly found in excavation sites at Aligarhwa — the territory of Buddha’s father, king Shuddodhan.
Glass is believed to have been brought to India by Muslim invaders. Firozabad developed as the centre for glass work, meeting the demand for chandeliers.
The double-ikat craft is believed to be 800 years old. Patola saris are made elsewhere too, but Patan Patola is said to be best.
The traditional ‘kaipad system’ is an integrated organic farming system in which rice cultivation and aquaculture go together.
It is an art form made without any outline before painting, and is said to date back to 2500 BCE.
Made from fresh sugarcane juice, without added chemicals.
A unique acid-sugar blend lends it a distinct sweet-sour flavour, aroma.
Pattachitra or painting on cloth dates back to 8th century AD.
Bell Metal Ware of Datia and Tikamgarh
Bell metal is a hard alloy, a form of bronze, used for making bells. It is essentially a tribal craft.
A golden-yellow silk, it is obtained from semi-domesticated multivoltine silkworm.
Dharmavaram Handloom Pattu Sarees and Paavadas
These are exclusively made of mulberry silk woven by hand, and presence of zari is a must. There are records of handlooms in Dharmavaram dating to late 19th century.
Thewa Art Work
It is a jewellery form with base material of gold or silver, with gold foil work in colours. The history of Thewa art goes back 300-500 years.
Shaphee Lanphee, Wangkhei Phee
Shaphee Lanphee is a red-border shawl worn by Nagas of Manipur as a recognition of honour. Wangkhei Phee is a fine cotton and see-through fabric worn by women.
Weavers from Bushehar (Shimla) brought the geometrical designs typical of Kullu shawls to the region in the early 1940s. Film star Devika Rani is believed to have played a big role in popularising the shawls.