Adilabad Dokra and Warangal Durries get GI tag [Current Affairs]

• Two craft forms that are unique to Telangana were recently granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the GI registry in Chennai.

=> Adilabad Dokra

• It is an ancient metal craft that is popular in the state’s tribal regions.

• The uniqueness of this art form is that no two sculptures are the same, as they are not made out of a pre-designed cast.

• The craftsmen of this art form belong to the Woj community, commonly referred to as Wojaris or Ohjas in the rural areas of Telangana.

• They use brass as their main material and an ancient casting technique called ‘cire perdue’. As part of this technique, the craftsmen use clay and design a model of the sculpture that they want to create. They wrap the clay with wax threads before baking the mould so that the wax melts away and the molten metal is poured into the mould.

• The common items made by the craftsmen include small idols and statues of tribal deities, jewellery, bells, small-scale animal sculptures and others.

=> Warangal durries

• In this style of durries, weavers create beautiful patterns and dye them using vegetable colours, which are washed in flowing water after the printing process.

• Warangal district became a renowned hub for weaving these rugs due to the availability of cotton, which is grown by farmers in the area.

=> 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.

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