GI tag for Jharkhand’s Sohrai Khovar painting and Telangana’s Telia Rumal
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Intellectual Property Rights
- Jharkhand’s Sohrai Khovar painting and Telangana’s Telia Rumal were given the GI tag recently by Geographical Indications Registry.
Important value additions:
- It is a traditional and ritualistic mural art.
- It is practised by local tribal women during local harvest and marriage seasons.
- Local, naturally available soils of different colours are used.
- It is mainly practiced in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand.
Image source: Sohrai Khovar
- This cloth involves intricate handmade work with cotton loom displaying a variety of designs and motifs in three particular colours — red, black and white.
Image source: Telia Rumal
Geographical Indication (GI) tag
- It is an indication which is definite to a geographical territory.
- It is used for agricultural, natural and manufactured goods.
- The goods need to be produced or processed or prepared in that region.
- The product must have a special quality or reputation.
- The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 provides registration and also protection of GI goods in India.
- The Geographical Indications Registry for India is located in Chennai.
- A registered GI tag prohibits a third party to use such products.
- GI is a collective intellectual property right and is thus owned by all the producers within the defined GI territory.
- Patents and trademarks are owned by an individual or a business entity.