Pochampally Ikat gets GI protection
THE famed Ikat style, whose creations include the attractive `Tie and Dye' and silk woven sarees from Pochampally village, about 50 km from Hyderabad, has now been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) status, giving it both protection and branding.
Pochampally Ikat, will henceforth be the registered property of Pochampally Handloom Weavers' Cooperative Society Ltd and the Pochampally Handloom Tie and Dye Silk Sarees Manufacturers Association.
It has been registered with the GI Registry, Chennai, under the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
Well-known GI recognised global products include Scotch Whisky and Champagne etc Efforts have been initiated in India, especially after the controversy over the Basmati rice (patents issue) in the late 1990s, to bring a large number of art & traditional forms from a particular region, under the GI Act. Read More