Metal products

Odisha seeks GI tag for its famous brass and bell metal products

Multiple clusters in 28 districts across the state were covered by the app

Multiple clusters in 28 districts across the state were covered by the app

Odisha has applied for a Geographical Indication (GI) label for its famous brass and bell metal production processes and products which are prevalent across the state.

Utkalika, which falls under the State Looms Handicrafts Directorate, filed an application with the Geographical Indications Registrar, Chennai.

Brass and metal bell products are made using brass and scrap metal as the main raw material. Several clusters in 28 districts of the state were covered by the application.

According to Manas Chandra Behera – a lecturer at Nilamadhava Mahavidyalaya, Kantilo, and a researcher on brass and bell metal – since ancient times, artisans in Odisha knew the scientific process of preparing an alloy of zinc and brass known as bell metal.

“Daily utility utensils are produced in artistic designs. It is a custom in Odisha to give metal utility utensils during the girl’s wedding. These utensils are also considered family property. Utensils of different sizes and different designs cover all sorts of items that a man uses in daily life,” Behera said.

He said the craftsmen follow two production processes – one by in-mold casting and the second by constant beating to achieve the required size and shapes.

“Besides utensils, artisans produce different kinds of statues such as gods and goddesses at Balakati and Kantilo of undivided Puri district, Bhuban in Dhenkanal district, Baidyarajpur in Cuttack district, Bellaguntha in Ganjam district, Remuna in Balasore district,” said Mr. dit Behera.

Previously, IG registration regarding Konark Stone Carving, Pipili Applique and Odisha Pattachitra work had been obtained. IG claims have been filed regarding Cuttack’s silver watermark (Chandi Tarakasi).

The Handicrafts Directorate of Looms said steps were being taken to apply for GI labeling of Bellaguntha Flexible Brass Fish, Barpalli Terracotta Tiles, Bargarh, Paper Mache Masks, Puri, straw crafts, Jiral, Dhenkanal, lacquer toys, Balasore, and dhokra casting.