Government mulls GI tag for Palm leaf etching craft


Bhubaneswar: The State Government is planning to obtain Geographical Indication (GI) registration for the age-old palm-leaf etching craft. GI tag for the dying art form will help in reviving the traditional craft and improving in the economic standards of the artists.

Puri Creative Handicrafts’ Co-operative Society Limited, an organization dealing with handicrafts, along with the development commissioner (Handicrafts) under the Union Ministry of textiles, has started working on the preparedness for application of the GI tag. The Co-operative society organized a workshop here on Monday to discuss the future action plan and documentation of the craft and conduct a survey of its artisans.

Meanwhile, the state government would provide necessary support during the process. The Special Officer of State Handicrafts Department, Sanatan Nayak said, “The state government is planning to get GI registration of the unique craft of palm-leaf etching. The co-operative society has been given the task of compiling a detail report on the process and preservation of palm leaf crafts in Odisha.

GI tag will help in protecting the products and its techniques from infringement and will give a special status to the product belong to a particular area. Besides, GI tag will enhance demand in international market, create opportunities to use a special mark on the product and glorify the traditional aspect.

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