July 16, 2024

Meghalaya’s Garo Textile Awarded Geographical Indication Tag

Meghalaya’s rich craftsmanship has received recognition with the granting of four Geographical Indication (GI) tags for its Garo Textiles and three other local products.

“These four GI-tagged products, while representing the rich culture of the state, also offers livelihoods to 30,000 individuals directly involved in their production and trade,” a press release said.

The release added that these GI tags reflect the importance of preserving traditional knowledge, fostering sustainable livelihoods, and promoting economic growth in the region.

The Garo Dakmanda or Garo Textile has been awarded GI vide journal No 185 Part 3. The Dakmanda is a traditional attire native to the Garo tribe.

Worn around as a wraparound skirt, this ankle-length garment is traditionally woven from long-staple cotton known as ‘khidig’ and reflects the rich cultural heritage of the Garo community.

The intricate designs and vibrant colours represent the aspects of their culture and not only serves as clothing but also plays a crucial role in preserving and expressing the unique identity and traditions of the Garo people.

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