Made in India: a look at some of the latest Indian products that got GI status

Till March 2014, 215 Indian goods had got GI status.

Published: February 1, 2015 12:23:20 am
A Dhokra metal artifact. A Dhokra metal artifact.

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

Chhattisgarh
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.

Uttar pradesh
Kalanamak Rice
Grains similar to Kalanamak were reportedly found in excavation sites at Aligarhwa — the territory of Buddha’s father, king Shuddodhan.
Firozabad Glass
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.

Gujarat
Patan Patola
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.

Kerala
Kaipad Rice
The traditional ‘kaipad system’ is an integrated organic farming system in which rice cultivation and aquaculture go together.

Maharashtra
Warli Painting
It is an art form made without any outline before painting, and is said to date back to 2500 BCE.
Kolhapur Jaggery
Made from fresh sugarcane juice, without  added chemicals.
Nagpur Orange
A unique acid-sugar blend lends it a distinct sweet-sour flavour, aroma.

Orissa
Orissa Pattachitra
Pattachitra or painting on cloth dates back to 8th century AD.

Madhya Pradesh
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.

Assam
Muga Silk
A golden-yellow silk, it is obtained from semi-domesticated multivoltine silkworm.

Andhra Pradesh
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.

Rajasthan
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.

Manipur
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.

Himachal Pradesh

Kullu Shawl
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.

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