Incredible India Series - All Geographical Indications (GIs) from Gujarat

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“Invaluable treasures of incredible India” – the official tagline for all the Geographical Indications (GI) of India, exactly manifests in an allegorical way, the rich diversity and invaluable heritage of this incredible land !

Governed by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 a Geographical Indication (GI) is a sign associating a product of a specific geographical origin, by virtue of which it possesses unique attributes and qualities which are distinctly inherent to that particular product.

Geographical Indications (GIs) are considered as elements of IPRs with respect to Articles 1 (2) and 10 of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Further, Articles 22 to 24 of the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement explicitly describe the nature, scope and ambit of the Geographical Indications to be adopted by the member states. India has adopted a sui generis system for the protection of geographical indications. As of 2021, a total of 417 products have been registered as GIs in India. Below is a review on all the registered GIs in the state of Gujarat.

Sankheda Furniture

Fig. Sankheda Furniture - popular for its durability

Application Number :- 100

Applicant Name :- Development Commissioner (Handicrafts)

Date of Filing :- 05/07/2007

Class :- 20

Goods :- Handicraft

The Sankheda Furniture is colorful teak wood furniture of Gujarat, treated with lacquer and painted in traditional bright shades of maroon and gold. It is made in Sankheda village located about 45 kilometers from Vadodara, hence its name. It is not only widely marketed in India but is exported to many countries including Europe and West Asia.

Agates of Cambay

Fig. Agates of Cambay - amongst all, the blood-colored stone is the most popular one

Application Number :- 101

Applicant Name :- Development Commissioner (Handicrafts)

Date of Filing :- 05/07/2007

Class :- 14

Goods :- Handicraft

The Agates of Cambay are attractive stones mined at Khambhat or Cambay town in Gujarat. Ever since the 1,500 AD, these stones have been used to make rosaries, jewellery, stone carvings and other products. They come in various colors like yellow, moss, rose, black, white and grey hues.

Kutch Embroidery

Fig. Kutch Embroidery - historically brought about by the ‘Kathi’ cattle breeders

Application Number :- 103

Applicant Name :- Development Commissioner (Handicrafts)

Date of Filing :- 11/07/2007

Class :- 26 and 24

Goods :- Handicraft

The Kutch Embroidery is a handicraft and textile signature art tradition of the tribal community of Kutch District in Gujarat. This embroidery with its rich designs has made a notable contribution to Indian embroidery traditions. The embroidery practiced normally by women is generally done on fabrics of cotton, in the form of a net using cotton or silk threads. In certain patterns, it is also crafted over silk and satin. The signature effect of the colorful embroidery sparkles when small mirrors called able are sewn over the geometrically shaped designs.

Tangaliya Shawl

Fig. Tangaliya Shawl- its beauty results from the time-consuming and labor-intensive manufacturing process

Application Number :- 127

Applicant Name :- Tangaliya Hastkala Association

Date of Filing :- 09/06/2008

Class :- 24,25 &27

Goods :- Handicraft

The Tangaliya Shawl is a handwoven, shawl and textile made by the Dangasia community from Schedule Caste in Gujarat. The 700-year-old indigenous craft is native to the Surendranagar district of Saurashtra-region of the State. The textile is usually used as a shawl and wrap around skirt by women of the Bharwad shepherd community. The shawls are woven in pit looms at homes, and uses knotting a contrast color thread with the warp, which are woven into the textile to create the effect of raised dots, which have become the signature style of the textile.

Surat Zari Craft

Fig. Surat Zari Craft - extensively used in textile industries and handicrafts

Application Number :- 171

Applicant Name :- The Surat Jari Manufacturers Association

Date of Filing :- 21/05/2009

Class :- 23

Goods :- Handicraft

The Surat Zari Craft is a textile product of the Surat district in Gujarat, which is made from yarns of silk and cotton mixed with gold, silver or copper. The zari threads are used to make intricate designs by weaving into generally silk fabrics. The Surat Zari is either woven on cloth or hand embroidered to form fabric borders or used as part of the body of the cloth. The zaris made in Surat are of two types – the real metallic zari made with gold and few pure metals, and the imitation zari is woven with plastics.

Gir Kesar Mango

Fig. Gir Kesar Mango - among the most expensive varieties of the fruit

Application Number :- 185

Applicant Name :- Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Limited

Date of Filing :- 17/08/2009

Class :- 31

Goods :- Agriculture

The Gir Kesar mango, also called Kesar, is a mango cultivar grown in the foothills of Girnar in Gujarat. The mango is known for its bright orange colored pulp. Only the mango grown around the Gir sanctuary area is officially known as Gir Kesar mango. This variety of mango is usually produced to the market in April-May and should be harvested at green mature stage, with the cultivation beginning around October after the monsoon season.

Bhalia Wheat

Fig. Bhalia Wheat - grown in the rainfed condition without irrigation

Application Number :- 192

Applicant Name :- Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Limited

Date of Filing :- 17/12/2009

Class :- 31 Goods :- Agriculture

The Bhalia Wheat variety has high protein content and is sweet in taste. It is grown mostly across the Bhal region of Gujarat which includes Ahmedabad, Anand, Kheda, Bhavanagar, Surendranagar, Bharuch districts. It is widely used for preparing semolina which is used for making pasta, macaroni, pizza, spaghetti, vermicelli, noodles etc.

Kachchh Shawls

Fig. Kachchh Shawls - famous for its vibrant colours

Application Number :- 174

Applicant Name :- Kutch Weavers Association

Date of Filing :- 04/06/2009

Class :- 24

Goods :- Handicraft

The Kachchh Shawl is a traditional shawl woven in the Kutch region of Gujarat. These are largely woven with Kachchhi motifs in Bhujodi village of Kutch. Traditionally Kachchhi weavers belong to Marwada and Maheswari communities. These are colourful shawls, woven with motifs in one solid colour throughout.

Patan Patola

Fig. Patan Patola - highly valued in Indonesia as well

Application Number :- 232

Applicant Name :- Patan Double Ikat Patola Weavers Association

Date of Filing :- 09/03/2011

Class :- 24, 25

Goods :- Handicraft

The Patan Patola is a double ikat woven sari, usually made from silk, made in Patan, Gujarat. Patola-weaving is a closely guarded family tradition. It takes six months to one year to make one sari due to the long process of dying each strand separately before weaving them together. Patola are usually woven in Surat, Ahmedabad and Patan. But velvet patola styles are majorly made in Surat.

Warli Painting

Fig. Warli painting - a precious form of traditional knowledge and cultural intellectual property preserved across generations

Application Number :- 239

Applicant Name :- Adivasi Yuva Seva Sangh

Date of Filing :- 07/06/2011

Class :- 16, 20 & 25

Goods :- Handicraft

Warli painting is a form of tribal art mostly created by the tribal people from the North Sahyadri Range in Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat. These paintings revolve primarily around the marriage of God Palghat. The Warli culture is centered on the concept of Mother Nature and the elements of nature are often focal points depicted in the Warli painting.

Jamnagari Bandhani

Fig. Jamnagari Bandhani - manufactured by one of the oldest known methods of tie-dyeing

Application Number :- 221

Applicant Name :- Jamnagar Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Date of Filing :- 13/09/2010

Class :- 24, 25

Goods :- Handicraft

The Jamnagari Bandhani saree is manufactured at Pethapur, Mandvi, Bhuj, Anjar, Jamnagar, Jetpur, Porbandar, Rajkot, Udaipur, Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Churu. It is found in Gujarat and Rajasthan. As per the region of manufacturing the patterns of Bandhej saree may vary. The fabric is made by pinching very small portions of cloth and tying them by plucking the cloth with the fingernails into many tiny bindings that form a figurative design to form an intricate pattern of dots. The cloth is then placed into different dye vats to form bright and beautiful colors.

RajKot Patola

Fig. RajKot Patola - the price ranging from ₹4,000 to ₹60,000/-

Application Number :- 380

Applicant Name :- Rajkot District Weavers Association

Date of Filing :- 16/03/2012

Class :- 24

Goods :- Textile & Textile Goods

The Rajkot Patola saree is very well known for over 6 decades in India and has the production infrastructure with extensive involvement of artisans spread across two major districts of Gujarat state, namely Rajkot and Surendranagar. It is different than the double Ikat Patan Patola and looms and equipment to weave both the products are entirely different.

Pethapur Printing Blocks

Fig. Pethapur Printing Blocks - popular for its exquisite pattern

Application Number :- 585

Applicant Name :- Gujarat Council on Science and Technology

Date of Filing :- 28/08/2017

Class :- 16

Goods :- Handi Crafts

The Pethapur Printing Blocks originated from Pethapur village in Gandhinagar. This place is popularly known as the “The craftsmen village” and has a 300-year-old legacy of block-making for textile business. These are so perfect in carving that those delicate thin outlines of the design when applied on the cloth using these blocks is so perfect and the color is well contained within the borders of sketch and it appears as though it is sketched and painted on the paper.


Fig. Pithora - having a Pithora Art in the homes is a matter of pride and prestige for the Rathwa Tribes Community

Application Number :- 644

Applicant Name :- Pithora – GI

Date of Filing :- 23/01/2019

Class :- 2,19

Goods :- Handicraft

The Pithora Art is highly enriched folk art and is the culture of tribes. Pithora art is an art form mix of religion and the myths associated with it. Hence, Pithora Art is associated with ancient tradition. It is done in the homes on the walls to appease god for peace, prosperity, and the eradication of obstacles from the lives of tribes. The painting is adorned with motifs from nature, daily human activities, animals, farming, trade, important members of the community, along with several new elements which symbolically represent modernity