Shimla: The Kinnauri shawls have received the prestigious Geographical Indications (GI) tag benefitting over 1,000 weavers who are involved in the creation of the shawls will stand to gain the most.
“The registration will now check unauthorised production and misuse of its name. Only weavers registered with the Kinnaur Handloom Weavers Association (of Kalpa) can sell the shawls under this brand name,” Nagin Nanda, member secretary of the State Council for Science, Technology and Environment was quoted in the media.
The GI tag, under which products are the registered under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999, are community patents which benefit the group of artisans, producers and other stakeholders manufacturing a product identified with a particular area.
The shawls, with intricate borders in bright colours, are made on traditional looms by tribals of Kinnaur and are sold all over India and abroad.
It is the fourth product of the state that has been registered under the GI Act by the patent information centre, a wing of the State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.
The other three are Chamba rumal, Kullu shawl and Kangra tea.
Under the GI Act, infringement of the registered geographical indication by producers other than those from the region of origin of these products can result in a maximum imprisonment of three years and a fine up to Rs.2 lakh.