Govt gives GI registration to ‘Karwatkathi’ saree and fabric

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2017 09:39:12

Business Bureau,

BHANDARA district has craved a niche for itself in the production of Tussar silk. Nagpur and Bhandara districts are known for‘Karwatkathi’ saree and Karwat material. It takes about 7 to 8 day in making one ‘Karwatkathi’ saree. In order to preserve the traditional art and give it a world-wide recognition, increase employment of the weavers, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, suggested Maharashtra State Handloom Corporation (MSHDC) to go for Geographical Indication (GI) registration.

Taking serious cognisance of it, Maharashtra State Handloom Corporation, Nagpur submitted the proposal to Geographical Indication Registry Office, Chennai working under Government of India.
Subash Deshmukh, Maharashtra Minister for Textiles and Arjun Khotkar, Minister of State Textiles continously took follow up of the issue. Karwatkathi saree received the GI registration. This was declared at the recently held function at New Delhi. Present were Smruti Irani, UnionTextile Minister, Development Commissioner Handloom, and senior officials.

Vijay Nimje, Joint Managing Director MSHDC and Dilip Kumbhare Senior Executive (Production) received the GI registration.Vijay Nimje, Joint Managing Director MSHDC and Dilip Kumbhare Senior Executive Director (Production) received registration certificate for Karwatkathi saree and Kawrat fabric. With GI registration, Karwatkathi saree and Kawrat fabric will get global recognition and their demand will increase offering employment opportunities to the weavers, said, Ujjwal Uke, Principal Secretary of Textiles Department, Government
of Maharashtra and Sanjay Meena, Managing Director of the MSHDC,informs a press release.