Wednesday 1 April 2020

About Odisha Geographical Indications #OdishaGI #GITags #AToZChallenge

Odisha has a rich history, culture, and heritage. Lord Jagannath is the presiding deity of Odisha. Odisha Tourism's tagline is “India’s Best Kept Secret”. Just like the age-old customs and rituals of Shree Jagannath and His temple are unknown to many, facts about Odisha are yet to be known. 

There are many unique products of Odisha that are being made by certain communities from many centuries. Some products belong to a specific part of Odisha i.e. they are only made/manufactured in a particular area viz. in a single or two or more village(s), city(ies), or district(s), or spread over the entire state. Some of these products are internationally famous. However, many products prepared by using traditional knowledge and skills are just known to the community or to the place they belong. Once more people know about a geographical region’s unique products, the demand can increase. Only when information is shared, can people be made aware.

About GI
“A Geographical Indication (GI) is an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory”.
GI Registry awards an agricultural, natural or a manufactured cultural product the GI tag on the basis of their application to protect manufacturers/producers.

GI Registry is a part of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. 
GI is a type of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). GI is an IPR that is a community right.

How many people are aware about the names of GIs of their states? 
As many are yet to learn/know about GIs, wrong information has been and is being provided in many online sites and media. 

For the Rasagola Mahotsav this year, Team OTV listened to this author's pleas and put up the following info-display board with names and logos of all the registered GIs of Odisha. Truly grateful to them for this. It was a selfie-point at the Rasagola Mahotsav.
Info-board at the Rasagola Mahotsav 2020 by Team OTV at Cuttack
Odisha GIs

Odisha has got the following 17 GIs registered so far:

(1) GI Application No.-10 - Kotpad Handloom Fabric- Handicraft
(2) GI Application No.- 22 - Orissa Ikat - Handicraft
(3) GI Application No.- 87 - Konark Stone Carving - Handicraft
(4) GI Application No.- 88 - Orissa Pattachitra - Handicraft
(5) GI Application No.- 86 & 108 - Pipli Applique Work - Handicraft
(6) GI Application No.- 136 - Khandua Saree and Fabrics - Handicraft
(7) GI Application No.- 167 - Gopalpur Tussar Fabrics - Handicraft
(8) GI Application No.- 207 - Dhalapathar Parda & Fabrics - Handicraft
(9) GI Application No.- 208 - Sambalpuri Bandha Saree & Fabrics - Handicraft
(10) GI Application No.- 217 - Bomkai Saree & Fabrics - Handicraft
(11) GI Application No.- 219 - Habaspuri Saree & Fabrics - Handicraft
(12) GI Application No.- 220 – Berhampur Patta (Phoda Kumbha) Saree & Joda – Handicraft
(13) GI Application No.- 228 - Ganjam Kewda Rooh - Manufactured
(14) GI Application No.- 229 - Ganjam Kewda Flower - Agriculture
(15) GI Application No.-607 – Araku Valley Arabica Coffee – Agriculture
(16) GI Application No.-610 - Kandhamal Haladi - Agriculture
(17) GI Application No.-612 - Odisha Rasagola – Food Stuff

Note- My Theme for this year's April #AToZChallenge is - the Geographical Indications (GIs) of Odisha #OdishaGI.
The list presented here is the correct list of GIs of Odisha.
This is my sincere attempt to share information about the GI-Tags of Odisha. These are linked with the culture, traditions, history, reputation etc of the geographical location(s) of our state. 
Everyone does not know everything. There is a lot to learn. When information is shared, people can know and be aware. Then, we can be in a position to identify the real info from the fake news and misinformation .
Do follow my posts to learn more about the GIs of Odisha.

Today, April 1 is Utkala Dibasa i.e. Odisha Day.
Quiz Question: 
Last Utkala Dibasa, i.e. on April 1, 2019, which product of Odisha earned the GI Tag?

Kandhamal Haladi
Today is the first anniversary of the GI Tag of Kandhamal Haladi.

Linking with IndiSpire#318
Participating in the April A To Z Challenge with #OdishaGI as the theme. 
You can check out my #AToZChallenge posts here.

Are you aware of Geographical Indications? 
The names of how many GIs of Odisha had you heard before? 
Do share in the comments below.


  1. This is something new info for me and I had not heard about this before. looking forward for next posts.

  2. I myself being from Orissa... I am thrilled to read this post and the topic for the challenge... It's true that a lot of us do not know many things about our own native places...

  3. Amazing.. I have heard about Pipli, Ikat, Rasagola, Bomkai, Sambalpuri.. Kewda and Coffee is new to me.. I must read up more.. A great theme indeed!

  4. Did not know so many items of Odisha have got GI tags - a number of them from my district of Ganjam.
    By the way, my hearty greetings on the occasion of Utkal Divas.

  5. I have visited Odisha numerous times. I love the state. I bought sarees from Odisha almost 20 years back and they are still the same. I love the texture and feel of those fabric. I love Konark and Puri. I will keep following your posts to know more about the state.

  6. Thank you for writing this informative post. I learned a lot about Odisha and GI tags. Looking forward to walking the #BlogchatterA2Z journey with you.

  7. Never knew there were geographical indications and so much details. There are still many things I don't know yet. Looking forward to read more on Odisha


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