The Sohrai Khovar painting an incredible piece of artistic work comprising of natural soils of different colours practiced by local tribal women during the harvest and marriage seasons have been given Geographical Indication [GI] tag under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 yesterday i.e. 12th May 2020. This skill is particularly being practicsed in the district of Hazaribagh because of availability of such multi coloured soil in the region.
Traditionally such technique was used to decorate the walls of mud house, later, the style, figures of plants, animals, religious iconography and other tribal artistic design became popular in urban region as well. If you have visited Jharkhand Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi and Railway stations in Hazaribag and Tatanagar, then you would know how beautiful the designs and skill is.
Such recognition under GI law will promote the tribal art and probably will improve the economic conditions of the tribal community. For more details http://ipindiaservices.gov.in/GirPublic/Application/Details/658 [The final order has yet not been updated.]
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