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Geographical Indication (GI) is a type of intellectual property right granted to a product or a commodity with a specific geographical origin and possesses unique qualities, reputation, and characteristics due to its geographical location. Gujarat, a state located in western India, has a rich cultural heritage and is home to several unique products that have been granted GI tags. These GI-tagged products are known for their unique features, qualities, and characteristics attributed to their geographical origin and traditional production methods. These products include Gir Kesar mango, Kutch embroidery, Patan Patola sarees, Sankheda furniture, and many more. The GI tag helps to protect and promote these products, while also providing economic benefits to the communities involved in their production.

List of GI Tag of Gujarat

Gujarat takes pride in 17 GI Tagged products, most of which are handicrafts such as patola and kutch needlework. Here is a list of Geographical Indication (GI) tagged products from Gujarat:

S.No.Geographical IndicationType
1.Tangaliya ShawlHandicraft
2.Surat Zari CraftHandicraft
3.Gir Kesar MangoAgricultural
4.Bhalia WheatAgricultural
5.Kachchh ShawlsHandicraft
6.Patan PatolaHandicraft
7.Sankheda FurnitureHandicraft
8.Kutch EmbroideryHandicraft
10.Agates of CambayHandicraft
11.Sankheda Furniture LogoHandicraft
12.Kutch Embroidery LogoHandicraft
13.Jamnagari BandhaniHandicraft
14.Rajkot PatolaHandicraft
15.Pethapur Printing BlocksHandicraft
16. Kutch Embroidery (Logo)Handicraft
17.Agates of Cambay (Logo)Handicraft
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10 More Products from Gujarat Set to Receive Geographical Indication (GI) Tags

An uncertain future has been staring at Pethapur’s legendary 300-year-old craft of cutting wooden blocks for textiles. The unprofitability of their trade as a career has long been an issue for artisans. However, things could change quickly. A geographical indicator (GI) tag is planned for the carved wooden blocks. While visiting senior officials in Delhi last month, the Gujarat Council on Science and Technology (GUJCOST) also discussed their nomination for the title.

They are not the only blocks. 10 additional goods have been chosen by GUJCOST because they could potentially bear a GI tag. These include Surat’s ghari and manja, Khambhat’s halwasan and suttarfeni, Uttarsanda’s papad, Anjar’s knife, Ahmedabad’s Mata ni pachedi, Jetpur’s cotton sarees, Nagali biscuits, Bagasara jewellery, and Anand’s Khambhati kites. 

Blocks of Pethapur-

A 300-year-old industry of Pethapur is block carving. It provides hardwood blocks that have been carefully carved for the textile industry. The owner of a godown and block manufacturer Prakash Parajapati, 40, claims that only 21 individuals are currently employed in this field. The majority of them are older than 60. Since we barely make Rs 20,000 a month from this craft, our children try out for white-collar jobs. We spend 6 days making one block, and we only receive roughly Rs 4,000 in return. This disappearing vessel must be revived. He believes that the GI tag can change things around.

Uttarsanda’s papad-

The village of Uttarsanda is highly known for the snacks it produces, including cholafali, mathiya, and papad. It is home to 35 small businesses where primarily female workers produce snacks like papad, mathiya, and cholafali. Due to the high demand for the snacks, the village ships 700 or so tonnes of them during the Diwali season, with half of them going overseas. “We have a capacity of manufacturing 50 tonnes of the snacks every month, of which half is exported to 8-10 countries like the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and UAE,” says Rushil Patel (29), director of a 25-year-old company called “Shri Ganesh Gruh Udyog.” The GI tag will improve overall brand value and help standardize the industry.

Surat’s ghari, manja- 

A sweet dish called ghari is created from dough, khoya, ghee, and sugar. The abrasive string called “Manja” is used to fly kites. Yogesh Patel, a 38-year-old textile entrepreneur from Surat, is excited about the possibility that two Surti goods would receive the GI designation. “Surat is already well-known for its wide variety of foods. We can be proud that shortly, our ghari and manja will also receive the GI tag. While consuming large amounts of ghari, we also transport it with us when we visit friends and family anywhere in the world, he claimed.

Others to claim fame

The fake gold-plated jewelry made by Bagasara is renowned for its vintage styles and classic appearance. The paper-and-black bamboo-stick Khambhati kites from Anand are renowned for their flexibility and lightweight.

Another well-known Anjar art is knife crafting. The knives were created in and around Anjar by six generations of knife manufacturers. Sutterfeni is a dessert consisting of incredibly thin fried noodles that have been sweetened and topped with nuts and cardamom. Halwasan is a dessert made of coarsely ground wheat and soured milk. They have been combined for the GI tag because they are both from Khambhat. Ragi cultivated in Dangs, which is incredibly nutrient-dense, is used to make nagali biscuits. Another example of a traditional painting on cloth creation is the Mata Ni Pachedi of Ahmedabad. In temples, people wear cloth bearing animated, multicolored depictions of deities.

FAQs on GI Tag of Gujarat

In Gujarat, how many GI tags are there?

Gujarat has received 17 Geographical Indication (GI) tags to date, the most recent of which are Rajkot Patola and Pethapur Printing Blocks.

What are some of the products from Gujarat that have a GI tag?

Some of the GI-tagged products from Gujarat include Gir Kesar mango, Patan Patola sarees, Kutch embroidery, Sankheda furniture, and many more.

Are there any ongoing efforts to add more products from Gujarat to the GI list?

Yes, the government of Gujarat has been actively promoting the GI tag for its traditional products and is set to add 10 more products to its existing list of GI-tagged products.

What is Sankheda Gujarat’s GI tag?

Gujarati furniture made of colorful teak wood is known as “sankheda,” and it is not only very well-liked in India but also sold to West Asia and Europe. The Geographic Indication of Goods Act, 1999 of the Government of India gave it protection and designated it as a handicraft with GI classification.

What is the process for obtaining a GI tag?

The process involves submitting an application to the Geographical Indications Registry, which examines the application and conducts hearings to determine if the product meets the necessary criteria. Once approved, the product is granted a GI tag, which is valid for ten years and can be renewed indefinitely.

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