Silver filigree of Karimnagar gets GI mark

Hyderabad, May 29 | Updated: May 30 2007, 05:52am hrs
After Pochampally and Kondapally, the third product from Andhra Pradesh to get GI registration, is silver filigree of Karimnagar. CII-Andhra Pradesh Technology Development Centre (APTDC) in collaboration with District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Karimnagar has facilitated the filing of Geographical Indications (GI) of silver filigree of Karimnagar. Anand & Anand, a leading law firm from Delhi, has provided legal support for the entire activity. Earlier, CII-APTDC had earlier facilitated the GI registration of Pochampally Ikat and Kondapally toys of Andhra Pradesh.

The certificate was issued on Tuesday by the Geographical Indication Registry, Chennai, which is under the Department of Industry Policy & Promotion, government of India. The Registrar of GI is Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trademarks, a release said.

The tangible benefits as a result of GI Registration would be legal identity for a traditional art and prevention of unauthorised production of Karimnagar silver filigree besides enhancing brand image in national and international market.

Silver filigree product of Karimnagar is a handicraft item unique in its own class which consists of curling, twisting plating of fine pliable wires or threads of silver or gold uniting them into points of contact with base. It is a tribute to artistic elegance and a prized possession of marvelous workman ship. The silver filigree products range from standard form of jewellery to non jewellery decorative items. It is a very delicate form of metal art.

The team of CII-APTDC and DRDA team started working on the project from October 2005. A sensitisation programme was carried on to spread the awareness on importance of GI registration and protection among the artisans. The GI application for silver filigree of Karimnagar was filed in the GI registry in April 2006 , the release added.