GI Protected Shawls, Carpets, Durries, Coir Products etc.

Following are the crisp notes on various GI protected textile products, shawls, Carpets, Quilts etc.

Solapur Chaddar

Solapuri chaddar is a cotton bed sheet made in the Solapur city in Maharashtra. Solapuri chaddars were the first product in Maharashtra to obtain Geographical Indication (GI) status.

Kotpad Handloom fabric

Kotpad Handloom is a vegetable Dyed Fabric woven by the tribal weavers of the ‘Mirgan’ Community of Kotpad village in Koraput district, Odisha. Kotpad handloom fabric is the first item from Odisha that received the Geographical Indication of India tag in the year 2005.

Alleppey Coir

The Alleppey city was founded by Raja kesava dasa, Diwan of erstwhile Travancore during second alf of 17th century. Alleppey was planned city between Vembnad lake and Arabian sea. It’s known as “Venice of the East”. The first Coir factory “Darragh Smail & Co” for the manufacture of Coir floor furnishings was established by Mr. James Darragh (an Irish born American) together with Henry Smail at Alleppey during the year 1859.

Kullu Shawl, Himachal Pradesh

A Kullu shawl is a type of shawl made in Kullu, featuring various geometrical patterns and bright colors. Originally, indigenous Kulivi people would weave plain shawls, but following the arrival of craftspeople from Bushehar in the early 1940s, the trend of more patterned shawls came to rise.

Bhavani Jamakkalam, Tamil Nadu

Bhavani Jamakkalam refers to blankets and carpets manufactured in Bhavani in Erode district, Tamil Nadu. It has been recognized as a Geographical indication by the Government of India in 2005-06.

Madurai Sungudi, Tamil Nadu

Madurai Sungudi was the first product from Madurai to be conferred the Geographical Indication (GI) mark by the Geographical Indications Registry in 2006. Madurai takes pride in Sungudi, the traditional textiles unique to the temple city. Its production belongs to Sourashtra community.

Navalgund Durries

Navalgund Durries, geographically tagged in India, are woven durries or a type of Indian rug with geometric designs, birds, and animal designs from Navalgund in Bidar district of Karnataka, India. This durrie has been registered for protection under the Geographical indication of the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement in 2011.

Kani Shawl

Kani Shawls are a tradition of Kashmir, its rich design and heritage is classic and evergreen. It is made from Pashmina on a handloom but instead of a shuttle used in a pashmina shawl, it is made using cane needles. Depending on the complexity of pattern it may take from 6 to 18 months to make one shawl. Kani shawl is woven by using small wooden spokes in the place of a shuttle as in a traditional loom. The spokes are called ‘tujii’ or ‘kani’ locally. Kani shawls have been produced from fine hand spun Pashmina and santoosh fibres.

Chamba Rumal

The Chamba Rumal or Chamba handkerchief is an embroided handicraft that was once promoted under the patronage of the former rulers of Chamba Kingdom. It is a common item of gift during marriages with detailed patterns in bright and pleasing colour schemes. Known as “needle wonder”, Chamba Rumal is made in square and rectangular shapes. The material used still consists of muslin, malmal, khaddar, fine charcoal or brush, and silk threads without knots. It is famous in Himachal Pradesh.

Tangaliya Shawl

A Tangaliya Shawl is a handwoven, GI protected shawl and textile made by the Dangasia community from Schedule Caste in Gujarat, India. The 700-year-old indigenous craft is native to the Surendranagar district, of Saurashtra-region of the state. The textile is usually used as shawl and wraparound skirt by women of the Bharwad shepherd community of Wankaner, Amreli, Dehgam, Surendranagar,  Joravarnagar, Botad, Bhavnagar, and Kutch area. The shawls are woven in pit looms at homes, and uses knotting a contrast color thread with the warp, which are woven into the textile to create the effect of raised dots, which have become the signature style of the textile.

Handmade Carpet of Bhadohi

Bhadohi is in Sant Ravidas Nagar district in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as the “Carpet City,” as it is home to the largest hand-knotted carpet weaving industry hub in South Asia. Carpet weaving in Bhadohi-Mirzapur region dates back to the 16th century, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Akbar and is believed to have established when centuries ago, some Iranian master weavers stopped at Madhosingh village, near Khamaria, in Bhadohi while travelling in India, and subsequently set up looms here. Well-known carpet types from Bhadohi include cotton Dhurries, Chhapra Mir carpets, Abusan, Persian, Loribaft, Indo Gabbeh but also Nepalese carpets and more recent shaggy type carpets.

Kachchh Shawls

A Kachchh shawl is a traditional shawl woven in the Kutch region of the Gujarat, India. These are largely woven with Kachchhi motifs in Bhujodi village of Kutch. Traditionally Kachchhi weavers belong to Marwada and Maheswari communities.

Agra Durrie

Agra Durrie is a traditional hand woven textile product. It is a flat woven pileless rug having a rich variety of designs and colours.  It is essentially a thick cotton woven fabric meant for spreading on the floor.

Kinnauri Shawl

Kinnauri shawls (Kinnaur- a place in Himachal Pradesh) are famous for their intricate geometrical designs that need great expertise in weaving. The designs on these shawls carry special religious significance and colours used in patterning carry mythological background. Usually fine colours are used in typical Kinnauri shawl- white signifies water, yellow stands for earth, red for fire, green for air and blue for aether.

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