Unique Dangaria shoulder shawls made by women belonging to Dangaria tribe and Lanjia Soura mural painting in Odisha are expected to get GI tag soon.
Bhubaneswar: Unique Dangaria shoulder shawls made by women belonging to Dangaria tribe and Lanjia Soura mural painting in Odisha are expected to get GI tag soon. A proposal in this regard was sent to the commerce and industry ministry by the Odisha ST and SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Department and the Ministry of Textiles in 2019. Members of a special committee had visited Raigad district in December last year and the process of clearance has reached its final stage, the source said yesterday.
With receiving the GI tag for Dangaria Shawls and Lanjia Saura paintings, the state government is hoping that both the products will be promoted nationally and internationally. Along with this, the artisans will get recognition, royalty and art will also be protected.
According to the researchers, the 5.6 inch long and 2 feet wide Kapaganda shawl made by the tribal people belonging to the Dangaria Kandha of the Niyamgiri hills in Odisha has a distinctive identity. The unmarried women of this tribal group weave together using traditional thread and cloth to give gifts to their beloved or future husband, father and brother.
Each pattern, design and color in Dangaria shawls has its own meaning. A shawl made for a lover is different from a shawl made for a father and brother. Young girls buy clothes from vendors belonging to a specific tribal group known as ‘dama’ and have crops, suns and eyes stitched on them.
Dangaria shawls of Odisha will soon get GI tag
Story first published: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 18:18 [IST]