Geographical Indications: 2019 August Review

  • Total Number of Registered Geographical Indications count in India raised to 359 as on August 2019.
  • 13 New Geographical Indications tagged Products that secured Geographical Tag status in the Month of “August-2019”.
  • 12 Indian Origin Products and one Irish Product obtained GI Tag Status in India in August 2019.
  • Among 13 Products; 6 registered Under Textiles; 3 Agricultural goods, 1 Handicraft, 1 Food Stuff, 1 Manufactured goods, one under sprits.

Following is the List of registered GI tagged Products in August of 2019: 

S.no GI -Number GI – Name  Geographical Region Category of goods
1 347 Pawndum Mizoram Textiles
2 348 Ngotekherh Mizoram Textiles
3 349 Hmaram Mizoram Textiles
4 350 Palani Panchamirtham Tamil Nadu Food Stuffs
5 351 Tawlhlohpuan Mizoram Textiles
6    352 Mizo Puanchei Mizoram Textiles
7 353 Gulbarga Tur Dal Karnataka Agricultural
8 354 Tirur Betel Leaf (Tirur Vettila) Kerala Agricultural
9 355 Irish Whiskey Ireland Spirits
10 356 Khola Chilli GOA Agricultural
11 357 Idu Mishmi Textiles Arunachal Pradesh Textiles
12 358 Dindigul Locks Tamil Nadu Manufactured
13 359 Kandangi Sarees Tamil Nadu Handicraft

Uniqueness of the Products:

  1. Pawndum:

“Pawndum is an important traditional cloth of the mizo people. Pawndum literally means ‘black cloth’. In Mizo language ‘dum’ means ‘black’. It is one of the few traditional Mizo textiles (handicraft goods) which retains its social and cultural significance in their tradition.”

  1. Ngotekherh:

“Ngotekherh is a popular traditional cloth of the Mizo people. It is a delicately sewn cloth which is woven out of a loin-loom. The original Ngotekherh was plain white, rectangular in shape with only two black stripes of 3 of 4 inches broad each running in traverse direction at a distance of about 1/3rd of the whole length from both edge of the puan.

Ngotekherh is produced throughout the state of Mizoram, and the main Centre of production is at Aizawl and in the village of Thenzawl.”

  1. Hmaram:

“Hmaram is a popular traditional cloth of the Mizo people. It is a small skirt, only worn by ladies and girls. In Hmaram, the indigo weft almost entirely conceals the white warp. There are weft-wise stripes of patterning which vary in size; some are broad while others are very narrow.”

  1. Palani Panchamirtham:

“Palani Panchamirtham is a combination of five natural substances, namely, Banana, Jaggery Sugar, Cow Ghee, Honey and Cardamom in a definite proportion. The Palani Panchamirtham is well known for its religious fervour and gaiety. The consistency taste and flavor are typical characteristics of palani Abisega panchamirtham prepared by the Temple Administration. It is very unique in terms of quality, reputation and characteristics which go into its making.”

  1. Tawlhlohpuan:

“Tawlhlohpuan had the most cultural significance among the Mizo Puan. Tawlhloh in Mizo language means ‘to stand firm or not to move backward’. It was worn only by a very courageous warrior among the Mizo men as a symbol for their bravery. Before going out to fight in a war, Tawlhlohpuan was draped on the warriors in the Kawrtawnghak style of draping.

Tawlhlohpuan has a particular design. The breadth wise bands of stripes in Tawlhlohpuan is so woven that none of the colored yarns on the warp are allowed to make their appearance against the red and white bands”

  1. Mizo Puanchei:

“Mizo Puanchei is the most colourful and popular among the Mizo Puan (Shawl/textile) and it is an essential possession for every Mizo lady, this is one of the traditional marriage outfit, and the most commonly used costume in their festive dances and official ceremonies. It is the most colorful among the Mizo textiles, Mizo Puanchei is truly the most artistic expression of the Mizo women for their natural talent in weaving, designing and color matching. The surface displays stripes of different dimensions with a preponderance of red stripes of different shades.”

  1. Gulbarga Tur Dal:

“Gulbarga tur dal is light brown in color. It is also known as gulyal local, chaple, bennur local. Dal is light yellow in color; this variety matures in 145 to 150 days for cultivation. This is the shortest cultivation period compared to other varieties. Therefore, it completes its lifecycle during monsoon period; Unique soil properties and spherical nature seeds gives good quality dal with good aroma, taste and shelf life.”

  1. Tirur Betel Leaf (Tirur Vettila):

“Tirur betel vine is mainly cultivated in Tirur, Tanur, Tirurangadi, Kuttippuram, Malappuram and Vengara block panchayaths of Malappuram District. Betel leaf produced in Malappuram District of Kerala is known as Tirur betel leaf (Tirur Vettila in Malayalam); High antioxidant capacity and high phenol content in Tirur betel leaf adds to its medicinal properties. High eugenol content in TIrur Betel leaf gives better antifungal and antioxident properties to Tirur betel leaf.”

  1. Irish Whiskey:

“Irish Whiskey identifies a sprit drink that originates in Ireland where its specific quality, reputation or other characteristics are essentially attributable to its geographical origin. Irish whiskey is a sprit drink produced from cereals with a minimum alcohol content of 40% and with a varying color from pale gold to dark amber physical appearance.”

  1. Khola Chilli:

Khola/Canacona chilli is the famous variety of spice-chilli which is grown in Khola village and surrounding areas of Canacona Taluka. The Khola Chillies are attractive red (brilliant red) in color. Khola-Chillies have the highest color value and stand deep red in color on maturity. Khola chilies are not too pungent. It is stated that these chilies alone have the best qualities which are not seen in any other type of chilies grown in the State of Goa and this contributes to the uniqueness the produce.

  1. Idu Mishmi Textiles:

Idu Mishmis are one of the major tribes among 26 tribes identified in Arunachal Pradesh. India. The main colors used are black (Teei) bright red (shu), and white (Low). while yellow (Meei) and dark green are less prominent. The patterns are inspired by nature. The motifs with small and big diamonds are woven one inside the other which create intricate patterns.”

  1. Dindigul Locks:

The delo locks prepared here are very strong and special, these locks cannot be opened using another key or duplicate key. They have to be broken; Twin keys or three keys for a single lock and locks with multi locking system is a special feature of Dindugal locks”.

  1. Kandangi Sarees:

The art of Kandangi cotton saree making has been prevalent for more than 150 years. It has been believed to be brought by the Devanga Chettiars, a community of Chettiars who hailed from the Karnataka region.

A typical Kandangi Saree is thick, coarse cotton which can endure the roughest washes. The weavers of the Kandangi sarees use natural dyes. These dyes are generally extracted from vegetables and are in the colors of black, red and yellow. Traditionally, the Kandangi sarees are made in hues of mustard, earthy red, orange, brown and chromes. These sarees have the characteristic conventional checks and temple patterns for borders, as well.”