New Delhi: CII Andhra Pradesh Technology Development Centre (APTDC) in collaboration with the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Karimnagar has facilitated the filing of geographical indications of silver filigree.
Anand and Anand, a leading law firm from Delhi provided legal support for the entire activity. CII APTDC had earlier facilitated the GI Registration of Pochampally Ikat and Kondapally toys from the state too.
The Certificate was issued today by Geographical Indication Registry, Chennai, which is under the Department of Industry Policy and Promotion, Dept. of Industry Policy and Promotion and the Govt. of India.
The Registrar of GIR is Controller General of patents, designs and trademarks. The tangible benefits as a result of GI Registration would be:
* Legal identity for a traditional art
* Prevention of unauthorized production of Karimnagar silver filigree
* Enhanced brand image in national and international market
Silver filigree products are a handicraft item unique in their own class. They consist of curling, twisting and 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 workmanship. The silver filigree products range from standard form of jewellery to non jewelry decorative items. It is a very delicate form of metal art.
The team of CII-APTDC & DRDA team started working on the project from October 2005. A sensitization 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 with an application number 53 and in the respective clauses of 6, 8, 14, 18, 20, 26 and 28.