Bhubaneswar: Shaken out of deep slumber, the state government, in a face-saving exercise, is now contemplating to apply for geographical indication (GI) tag for ‘Odishara Rasagola’ and ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ (turmeric). However, this is not the first attempt by any organisation to get a GI tag for products exclusive to a particular region or place. Here’s a list of products from Odisha that had earlier got the GI tag.
Also known as Bandha of Odisha, it involves resist dying technique, where the patterns are dyed and binded in threads to create the design on the loom prior to weaving. The design process has been termed as ‘poetry on loom’.
Pipili Applique Work
It draws the name from Pipili, which was established to accommodate craftsmen who stitched applique umbrellas and canopies for Ratha Jatra. The craft, which originated as a temple art, now finds application in a wide range of decorative and ceremonial products.
Konark Stone Carving
Stone carvings at Konark Sun Temple are the most exemplary models of ancient Odishan temple works practised by artisans in Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Soapstone, serpentinite and granite have been used for stone carvings at the world famous heritage site.
A picture painted on a piece of cloth, Pattachitra is one of the popular living art forms, which is believed to have originated in the 12th century. It is closely related to Jagannath cult and the Puri temple.
Khandua Saree and Fabrics
This traditional saree is most worn by women during wedding and is also offered to Lord Jagannath.
Gopalpur Tussar Fabrics
Gopalpur is famous for Tussar fabrics. This handicraft received the GI tag in 2009. These can be worn during puja, festivals and marriage functions.
Bomkai Saree & Fabrics
It depicts one of the hues of a designer Odisha. The embroidered cloth was first crafted in the southern coastal parts of Odisha and the prettiest fabric facade are found in Sonepur.
Berhampur Phoda Kumbha Saree & Joda
It is unique for its typical Odissi style of weaving and kumbha, particularly phoda, temple type design. The finely woven sarees flaunts zari work that is different from others. These were exported to South-East Asian and other countries.
Ganjam Kewda Rooh and Ganjam Kewda Flower
It is a plant native to Ganjam district and abounds between Rushikulya river on the north and Bahuda on the south. Kewda attar, Kewda water and Kewda oil (rooh Kewda) are important perfumery products, extracted from the male flowers of the semi-natural Kewda vegetation.
Orissa Pattachitra (Logo)
The GI Registry has approved the logo of famous pattachitra art unique to crafts village Raghurajpur in Puri district.
Apart from these, Sambalpuri Bandha Saree & Fabrics, Kotpad Handloom Fabrics, Habaspuri Saree & Fabrics and Dhalapathar Parda & Fabrics have also got the GI tag.
In toto, the above 15 products from Odisha have secured the tag making it unique to a particular region. We hope more such products will add up to the list in the coming days.