Call to Thanjavur plate artisans to go for GI registration

Artisans involved in producing the world famous Thanjavur Art Plates should take advantage of the Geographical Indications registration accorded to the traditional craft.

Updated: Nov 23, 2010, 19:52 PM IST

Thanjavur: Artisans involved in
producing the world famous Thanjavur Art Plates should take
advantage of the Geographical Indications registration
accorded to the traditional craft, in order to prove its
genuineness, an official of Union Handicrafts department said.

"Registration of the Thanjavur Art Plate under the
Geographical Indications Act 1999 of the Government of India,
had given the necessary legal protection to the traditional
craft from fake ones," S Ramamoorthy, Regional Director,
Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Union
Ministry of Textiles said.

Participating in a workshop organised for Thanjavur Art
Plate producers to get them to register as Authorised Users,
under the GI Act here last evening, he said that GI
registration not only conferred legal protection but helped to
enlarge the market, thus giving economic benefits to the
producer.

It would help the producers take legal action against
fake product manufacturers.

The plates are exquisite and unique products of the
artisans who engrave and emboss beautiful figures and images
of different deities on brass or copper plates. They enjoyed
patronage from art collectors. About 200 artisans are engaged
in the production of Thanjavur Art Plates here.

"Realising the importance of this craft, the Development
Commissioner (Handicrafts) had registered the product under GI
Act, a part of Trade Related Aspect of Intellectual Properties
(TRIPS) agreement -- an important instrument for protecting
the originality of the traditional products," he said.

He wanted the producer groups of this craft to register
as Authorised Users under the GI Act. This will give a logo to
them which can be imprinted on the product and confer
individual legal rights, which will boost its exports.

Thanjavur veena, Kancheepuram silk saris, Bavani
jamakkalam (carpets )Madurai Sungadi sarees, Kovai Kora
Cotton, Arni Silk, Salem silk, Thangalia craft, Eethamozhi
Tall Coconut and Thanjavur dancing dolls are some of the
products which have been registered under the GI Act.

PTI