3 new products from two states receive Geographical Indication (GI) tag

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade(DIPP), Government of India(GoI) has granted Geographical Indication (GI) tag for 3 new products from two states. Tawlhlohpuan (a woven fabric) and Mizo Puanchei (a colourful Mizo shawl) from the State of Mizoram and Tirur betel vine from Kerala are the latest addition in the GI list.3 new products from two states receive Geographical Indication (GI) tagKey points:
i. Tawlhlohpuan: It is a fine quality, a medium to heavyweight, fabric woven produced throughout the Mizoram. The towns of Aizawl & Thenzawl hold the main production of this fabric.
It is best known for warp yarns, warping, weaving & handmade complicated designs. In Mizo language, Tawlhloh means ‘to stand firm or not to move backward’.
ii. Mizo Puanchei: It is a colourful shawl/textile from the state Mizoram. It is an essential possession for every Mizo women and an important marriage outfit in the state. It also the most commonly used costume in the state festive dances and official ceremonies.
To create this beautiful and alluring textile, the weavers in the state insert the designs and motifs by using supplementary yarns while weaving.
iii. Tirur betel vine: It is mainly cultivated in Malappuram District of Kerala (Tirur, Tanur, Tirurangadi, Kuttippuram, Malappuram and Vengara blocks), is mostly valued for its medicinal, industrial & cultural usages.
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Recently GI tag was also given to the famous Panchamritham, an offering of the Palani Dandayuthaswamy temple, in Tamil Nadu.
v. Benefits:
The GI tagging will help rural artisans, who possess unique skills and knowledge of traditional practices and methods. They can make & market their products domestically and internationally.
About Geographical Indication

It is used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.