Karuppur Kalamkari Paintings, Kallakurichi Wood Carvings Get GI Tags

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12 October 2021 Current Affairs:Karuppur Kalamkari Paintings and Kallakuruchi wood carvings have received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

♦ The Geographical Indications Registry gave this certificate based on the application registered by Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation (Poompuhar).
♦ Kallakuruchi wood carvings are made using pens, palm stems, date trees, brushes made of bamboo sticks, including coconut tree stems.

♦ The Karuppur Kalamkari Paintings are done in Thanjavur region. These are traditional dye-painted figurative and patterned clothes. 
♦ They are made for temples like ceiling cloth, cylindrical hangings, umbrella covers and chariot covers. 
♦ Thanjavur tradition of Kalamkari had canopies, umbrella covers, thombai (cylindrical hangings), and ‘thoranams’ (door hangings) comprising of motifs of yazhi, peacock, swan, flowers, and images of deities. 
♦ Artisans from Sikkalnaikkanpettai near Kumbakonam has been practising this traditional art form for many generations. 

Kallakurichi Wood Carvings
♦ These carvings are done for designs and ornaments and are inherent to the Madurai region.

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