Adilabad Dokra, an ancient bell metal craft popular in the tribal regions of Adilabad district in Telangana, and Warangal Durries, which has brought much acclaim to the weaver community of Warangal region, have been issued the Geographical Indication (GI) Registration Certificate by the GI Registry, Chennai. The GI certification of these crafts will help the authentic producers to earn a premium on their products, thereby helping in improving their livelihood. In addition, GI tag can be used as a marketing tool to promote the products in India and abroad. The Technology Centre of CII has facilitated State Handicrafts Development Corporation towards the registrations of Adilabad Dokra and Warangal Durries as Geographical Indications. Since inception, the centre has facilitated in the registration of 24 products under GI, out of which nine are now registered from Telangana.
Apart from all this, the craftsman also makes figures of animals and birds, Santhal jewels like twinkly saltation bells and measuring chitties. This art boasts of the literal folk essence and is also cultural. There is so much demand for this craft in the foreign and domestic markets, because of the simplicity and different designs used by the craftsmen. There are more than 100 families involved in this hereditary craft in five villages of Adilabad district. Another product to get registered as GI is from Warangal; which has long been an important durrie-weaving centre with a strong local flavour. The Warangal durrie weavers made their mark felt across the world owing to their fine craftsmanship. The main geographical factor that made Warangal famous as Durrie weaving centre is the availability of cotton.
Cotton is abundantly produced in Warangal for many decades and has a major pie in the cotton production in Telangana. The then spinning mills like Azam Jahi Mills helped create an ecosystem for cotton based weaving industry especially durries to prosper. Accumulations of skilled weavers, who have taken this profession hereditarily, are significant for the growth of this art of weaving. There are more than 2,000 weaving community members present in Kothawada, Warangal in Durrie making with exports mainly to the UK, Germany along with few other European and African countries.
About GI tag:
A GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory.
Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin.
Once the GI protection is granted, no other producer can misuse the name to market similar products. It also provides comfort to customers about the authenticity of that product.