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Source: The post is based on the article “With 9 new additions, registered Geographical Indications (GI) rise to 432” published in AIR on 20th December 2022
What is the News?
Nine new items from various states of India such as Gamosa of Assam, Tandur Redgram of Telangana, Raktsey Karpo Apricot of Ladakh, Alibag White Onion of Maharashtra have been given the Geographical Indication(GI) Tag.
With this, the total number of GI Tags in India comes to 432.The top five states holding the maximum number of GIs are Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.
What are the items that have been given GI Tag recently?
Gamosa is an article of significance for the people of Assam. It is generally a white rectangular piece of cloth with primarily a red border on three sides and red woven motifs on the fourth.
Made of: The most common material for making gamosa is cotton yarn. But on special occasions, they are also made from Pat silk.
Uses: It can be used at home as a towel (uka gamosa) or in public functions (phulam/floral gamosa). This is also used to felicitate dignitaries or celebrities.
Significance: Gamosa is also known as Bihuwaan, as it is an essential part of Bihu festival of Assam.
Telangana’s Tandur Red Gram
Alibag White Onion of Maharashtra
Alibag White Onion is known for its unique sweet taste, no-tear factor, and medicinal properties.
Reason: The soil of Alibaug taluka has low sulphur content & its geo-climatic conditions make it unique compared to other white onion-producing areas.
Benefits: White onions are an excellent source of antioxidants that contain more than 25 different types of flavonoids which lower the risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.