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March 6 @ 7:00 am - 11:30 pm


Geographical Indications (GI) tags are crucial for preserving and promoting traditional crafts, ensuring their cultural significance endures amidst modern challenges.

Recently, crafts like Narasapur Crochet Lace, Majuli Masks, and Majuli Manuscript Painting have received GI recognition, underscoring their importance in India’s rich heritage.

Narasapur Crochet Lace Craft:

Origin and Cultural Significance:

  • Originated in 1844, survived challenges like famine and depression, showcasing its cultural resilience.
  • Over 2,000 women were involved in lace crafting by the early 1900s, highlighting its cultural importance in the Godavari region.

Craft Process and Products:

  • Craft involves intricate transformation of thin cotton threads using delicate crochet needles.
  • Various products like garments, home furnishings, and accessories are crafted, including doilies, pillow covers, and table runners.

Challenges Faced:

  • Stagnant market post-Covid-19, decreased production, and lack of new orders.
  • Threat from machine-made lace products from China impacting demand.

Geographical Indication (GI) Tag:

  • Registered by DPIIT, certifying its geographical limitation to specific districts in the Godavari region.
  • Major trade points include Narsapur, Palacole, Razole, and Amalapuram.

Majuli Masks and Manuscript Painting:

Majuli Masks:

  • Handcrafted masks used in traditional bhaonas, depicting gods, demons, and animals.
  • Made from bamboo, clay, cloth, and wood, embodying neo-Vaishnavite tradition.

Majuli Manuscript Painting:

  • Religious art form closely linked to Majuli’s Vaishnavite culture, depicting themes from the Bhagwat Purana.
  • Inspired by the vibrant Pala school of Painting art, characterized by intricate details and religious motifs.


  • GI tags for crafts like Narasapur Crochet Lace, Majuli Masks, and Manuscript Painting underscore their cultural significance and heritage preservation.
  • Despite challenges like market stagnation and competition from machine-made products, these crafts continue to enrich India’s diverse cultural tapestry.
  • Promoting and safeguarding traditional crafts through GI recognition is vital for ensuring their legacy and contribution to India’s cultural heritage endure for generations to come.


March 6
7:00 am - 11:30 pm
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