The ancient struggle of Thanjavur Netti and Arumbavur Wood carvings signs its victory with the reward as a GI Tag

The land of the oldest living language in the world, Tamil Nadu, a State in India, recently on 12th May 2020 was awarded with 2 more GI Tags “Thanjavur Netti (pith) works” and “Arumbavur Wood cravings”. The application for both the art forms were submitted by Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation (Poompuhar), Government of Tamil Nadu back in the year 2013. 

Thanjavur District is the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu and was once the cultural capital of the country in 1790. The Thanjavur Netti is a Traditional art form made from Netti (pith) which is extracted from a plant called Aeschynomene Aspera. Most of the pith works of Thanjavur is famous for creating models of the “Brihadeeswarar temple, Thanjavur”.

Here are some more examples of Pith sculptures created in the region: “Ganesha”, Durga”,”Madurai Meenakshi” temple model. “Thiruvarur temple car”, “Geethopathesam”, the Ucchi Pillayar Rock Fort, ‘I’richy, Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Shri Ranganathar

Temple model, Mahabalipuram Shore Temple etc.

The other GI Tag awarded is “Arumbavur wood carvings” which comes from Arumbavur in Perambulur district of Tamil Nadu. Arumbavur is one of the most important woodcarving centres of the Southern India. Because of the high availability of wood in Pachamalai hills it receives abundant supply of wood for its craftsmen. The wood carvings are finely chiseled and intricately carved out of a single block of wood. The most famous carvings are idols of Hindu Gods, Temple chariots, Ashtalakshmi,  Vahanam-mounts for temple deities, figures of Christ.

The grant of GI has put the long battle with a full fledge win for both the art forms. The significance of this GI tag will not only protect this art form from being exploited and will also secure their popularity by the legal means. The purpose of this GI tag for both the Art forms will increase the interest of artisans in this field.

Tamil Nadu already holds 35 GI tags and two more are added: [Find out more details by clicking on the link]

  1. Salem Fabric (Handicraft) here
  2. Kancheepuram Silk (Handicraft) here
  3. Bhavani Jamakkalam (Handicraft) here
  4. Madurai Sungudi (Handicraft) here
  5. Coimbatore Wet Grinder (Manufactured) here
  6. Thanjavur Paintings (Handicraft) here
  7. Temple Jewellery of Nagercoil (Handicraft) here
  8. Thanjavur Art Plate (Handicraft) here
  9. East India Leather (Manufactured) here
  10. Salem Silk known as Salem Venpattu (Handicraft) here
  11. Kovai Kora Cotton Sarees (Handicraft) here
  12. Arani Silk (Handicraft) here
  13. Swamimalai Bronze Icons (Handicraft) here
  14. Eathomozhy Tall Coconut (Agricultural) here
  15. Thanjavur Doll (Handicraft) here
  16. Nilgiri {Orthodox} (Agricultural) here
  17. Virupakshi Hill Banana (Agricultural) here
  18. Sirumalai Hill Banana (Agricultural) here
  19. Madurai Malli (Agricultural) here
  20. Pattamadai Pai {“Pattamadai Mat”} (Handicraft) here
  21. Nachiarkoil Kuthuvilakku (“Nachiarkoil Lamp”) Handicraft here
  22. Chettinad Kottan Handicraft here
  23. Toda Embroidery Handicraft here
  24. Thanjavur Veenai Handicraft here
  25. Thanjavur Art Plate {Logo} (Handicrafts) here
  26. Swamimalai Bronze Icons {Logo} (Handicrafts) here
  27. Temple Jewellery of Nagercoil {Logo} (Handicrafts) here
  28. Mahabalipuram Stone Sculpture (Handicrafts) here
  29. Erode Manjal {Erode Turmeric} (Agricultural) here
  30. Thirubuvanam Silk Sarees (Handicraft) here
  31. Kodaikanal Malai Poondu (Agricultural) here
  32. Palani Panchamirtham (Food Stuff) here
  33. Dindigul Locks (Manufactured) here
  34. Kandangi Saree (Handicraft) here
  35. Srivilliputtur Palkova (Food Stuff) here
  36. Thanjavur Netti {Newest GI tag} here
  37. Arumbavur Wood carvings {Newest GI tag} here
About Madhur Bhatnagar 0 Articles
I am a final year student of LL.B. having its specialisation in Energy Laws from School of Law, UPES Dehradun. I hold a keen interest in the field of intellectual property rights and like to read about the emerging issues in this field.

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