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Intricately embroidered leather ‘chappal’ of Chamba have been registered under the Geographical Indications (GI), which will help prevent its cheap imitation elsewhere in the country.
Adorned with golden and coloured embroidery, the Chamba ‘chappals’ are hand made by craftsmen in Chamba town.
The formalities for getting the GI tag were undertaken jointly by the Himachal Pradesh Patent Information Centre at the HP Council for Science, Technology and Environment (HIMCOSTE) and the Ambedkar Mission Society, Chamba, on behalf of the manufacturers/ producers.
The registration of Chamba ‘chappal’, under GI Act will prevent its unauthorised production as well as misuse of its name.
No manufacturer can call a ‘chappal’ produced outside Chamba as ‘Chamba chappal’, as this will be under the legal provisions of the Act.
Under the GI Act, unauthorised use and infringement of the registered GI by producers other than those from the region of origin can result in maximum of three-year imprisonment and a fine of maximum of Rs 2 lakh.
Himachal Pradesh is the first state in the country to formulate a policy for the registration of products under GI Act in 2004.
This has greatly helped in protecting the interest of the craftsmen. The HIMCOSTE has been holding workshops to keep these crafts alive and help the artisans by giving them a platform to showcase their products by way of exhibition.
By: Atul Dhimann ProfileResourcesReport error
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