Tamil Nadu, located in the southern part of India, has a rich cultural heritage and is known for its traditional art forms, handicrafts, and cuisine. To protect and promote the unique identity of its products, Tamil Nadu has obtained Geographical Indication (GI) tags for several of them. These products range from textiles like Kanchipuram silk sarees and Madurai Sungudi sarees to handicrafts like Thanjavur paintings and Chettinad Kottan baskets, and food products like Dindigul lock pepper and Madurai jasmine. The GI tag ensures that these products are authentic and of high quality, and helps to boost the local economy by providing recognition and increased demand for them.
Benefits of GI Tag
The following advantages result from the registration of a geographic indication:
1. Legal Protection of Products
2. GI tag prevents unauthorized use of products by others
3. It helps consumers get quality products of desired characteristics and ensures reliability
4. GI tag promotes the economic prosperity of producers of products by increasing their demand in national and international markets.
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List of GI Tag in Tamilnadu
In 2023, various products received GI tags from various districts in Tamil Nadu. GI Tag is an abbreviation of Geographical Indications in India. It came into force on September 15, 2003. Darjeeling tea is the first Indian product to get a GI tag. See the list below,
|5.||Coimbatore Wet Grinder||Manufactured|
|7.||Temple Jewellery of Nagercoil||Handicraft|
|8.||Thanjavur Art Plate||Handicraft|
|9.||E. I. Leather||Manufactured|
|11.||Kovai Cora Cotton||Handicraft|
|12.||Arani Silk Handicraft||Handicraft|
|13.||Swamimalai Bronze Icons||Agricultural|
|14.||Eathomozhy Tall Coconut||Agricultural|
|15.||Thanjavur Doll Handicraft||Handicraft|
|17.||Virupakshi Hill Banana||Agricultural|
|18.||Sirumalai Hill Banana||Agricultural|
|20.||Pattamadai Pai (‘Pattamadai Mat’)||Handicraft|
|21.||Nachiarkoil Kuthuvilakku (‘Nachiarkoil Lamp’)||Handicraft|
|23.||Toda Embroidery t||Handicraft|
|26.||Thanjavur Art Plate Logo||Handicraft|
|27.||Swamimalai Bronze Icons Logo||Handicraft|
|28.||Temple Jewellery of Nagercoil Logo||Handicraft|
|29.||Mahabalipuram Stone Sculpture||Handicraft|
|30.||Erode Manjal(Erode Turmeric)||Agricultural|
|31.||Thirubuvanam Silk Sarees||Handicraft|
|32.||Kodaikanal Malai Poondu||Agricultural|
|33.||Palani Panchamirtham||Food Stuff|
|37.||Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai||Foodstuff|
|38.||Thanjavur Pith Works||Handicraft|
|39.||Arumbavur Wood Carvings||Handicraft|
|40||Karuppur kalamkari paintings||Dye-painted figurative and patterned cloth (Painting)|
|41||Kallakurichi wood carvings||Handicrafts & Art|
Expanding the Tamil Nadu GI Family: 11 New Products to Join the Ranks
According to P Sanjai Gandhi, the head of the Intellectual Property Rights Attorney Association (IPRAA), Chennai, a total of 11 items from the state would soon have the geographical indication (GI) label. With 56 products included in the list, Tamil Nadu would overtake Karnataka to become the state with the most GI tags, Sanjai Gandhi noted.
The 11 products to be awarded the GI tag are Manapparai murukku of Tiruchy district, Thaikkal Rattan craft of Mayiladuthurai, Auhtoor Vetrilai (betel leaf) of Thoothukudi, Sholavandan Vetrilai, Cumbum Panner Grapes, Negamam cotton sarees, Ooty Varkey, Myladi stone carvings, Salem Sago (Javvarisi), Marthandam honey and Manamadurai pottery.
Note that the application for Manapparai “Murukku,” a snack comprised of urad dal and rice flour, was submitted back in 2014. According to Gandhi, the ‘Murukku’ gets its distinct flavor from the Manapparai region’s groundwater.
FAQs on GI Tag in Tamilnadu
To obtain a GI tag, the product must be registered with the Geographical Indications Registry office, and it must meet certain criteria, such as being unique to the region and having a certain level of quality or reputation.
Tamil Nadu has several products that have obtained GI tags, including Kancheepuram Silk Sarees, Madurai Sungudi Sarees, Thanjavur Paintings, Salem Fabric, Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai, and more.
A GI tag is significant because it helps to protect the identity and uniqueness of a product, and it also helps to promote the economic development of the region where the product is produced.
Salem fabric was the first product type to get the first GI tag in Tamil Nadu
The product from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, with GI registration, is called “pathamadai pai” (mat). The pathamadai mat is renowned across the world for its distinctive qualities, including softness, flexibility, and health advantages like body cooling. The mat is created from ‘Korai’ grass, a native type that naturally grows along the Tamirabarani River’s banks. In 2013, the mat was registered with GI.