Kashmir Seeks Geographical Indication (GI) Tags for Five of its Crafts

The northernmost region of the Indian subcontinent, Kashmir, is seeking Geographical Indication (GI) tags under the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) for five of its crafts, some of which also include its cultural makers.

The Government of Kashmir has stated that it is seeking GI Registration for Kashmir Gabba and Namda (02 types of Valley-specific woolen rugs), Kashmir Willow Bat, Shikara (pleasure boats on Dal Lake), and Wagguv (mat made of reed and paddy straw).

In a recent statement delivered, the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) said that Mr. Tariq Ahmad Zargar (the Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Kashmir) held a detailed discussion with the authorities of Intellectual Property India (IPI) in Chennai to accelerate the GI registration process of the five crafts in question. The DIPR further said that the dossier for the GI registration of the five crafts has already been submitted to the IPI in Chennai, which is the apex-level organization dealing with the registration and better protection of GIs concerning goods in India.

GI, in the words of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), refers to a sign used on products having a particular geographical origin and possessing qualities or a reputation due to that origin. Remember that the product’s reputation, characteristics, or qualities should be specifically due to the place of origin.

Discussions regarding the GI submission of three more products of Valley, including willow wicker, copperware, and chain stitch crafts, were also held, which are already under consideration by the department for GI registration.

In this context, the Government mentioned that GI tagging has now acquired a greater significance and relevance since the focus has shifted towards Vocal for Local.

Seven handicrafts made in Kashmir, including Pashmina, Kani Shawl, Paper-Machie, Khatamband, Walnut Wood Carving, Sozni, and Hand Knotted Carpets crafts, have already been given the GI tag by the body. The Government has specified that it has even pushed the demand for the production and sale of the previously-mentioned products. For more visit: https://www.trademarkmaldives.com

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