New Delhi: With an objective to promote Geographical Indication (GI) crafts and heritage of India, the Ministry of Textiles announced today that it is organising ‘Kala Kumbh – Handicrafts Thematic Exhibition’ in various parts of the country through the Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). The exhibitions are planned in various major cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. The exhibitions sponsored by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) started on 14 February and will continue till 23 February at Bengaluru and Mumbai, and will also be organized in Kolkata and Chennai in March.
The GI tag is used on handicrafts which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin (such as a town, region, or country). As of August 2019, 178 GI handicraft products were registered from all over India, stated the Textile Ministry, adding that artisans are the backbone of the Indian handicraft sector and possess inherent skill, and technical and traditional craftsmanship.
During the 10-day exhibitions, visitors will be able to see a wide variety of handicrafts with their friends and family and by buying these handicrafts they can contribute in the improvement of the livelihood of these artisans, and also create awareness of the heritage of the country, the Ministry said.
In the Bengaluru exhibition, GI crafts like Mysore rosewood inlay, Channapatna lacquerware, Dharwad kasuti embroidery, Kolhapur chappal, Bidriware, Molakalmur handblock printing, Ananthapur leather puppet, Thrissur screwpine, Vishakapatna lacquerware, Sandur lambani embroidery, Jodhpur terracota, Jaipur handprinted textile, bronze casting, Medinipur mat weaving, Birbhum artistic leather, and Khurdah palm leaf engraving are being displayed.
In the Mumbai exhibition, GI crafts like Chittoor kalamkari painting, Thrissur screwpine crafts, Pokharan terracotta crafts, Kutch embroidery & crochet crafts, Pingla patachitra, Birbhum kantha embroidery, Jajpur photachitra painting, Madhubani Mithila painting, Kolhapur chappal, Palghar Worli painting, Kondagaon wrought iron craft, Agate stone crafts and Krishna handblock printing are being displayed.
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