Muslin set to get GI certification

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:45, Dec 31,2020


Muslin, one of the extinct finest hand woven cotton fabrics of middle ages, is set to get geographical indication certificate as the government is trying to revive the old glory of the famous fabric.

Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks of the industries ministry has already sent a journal to the government press for publication as a prerequisite by the law before issuing the GI certificate.

DPDT deputy registrar Md Azim Uddin on Thursday told New Age that they might get the journal in early next week and the GI certificate would be handed over after two months if none from home and abroad raised any objection on the issue.

Bangladesh Handloom Board applied for GI tag for the product, he said.

Muslin will be the fourth GI certified products after Jamdani sari, Hilsa fish and Khirsapat mango.

A GI is a name or sign used on certain products, which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin.

According to DPDT officials, the use of GI increases the value of product and it brings additional premium on price.

According to the BHB, muslin was produced from handloom and was one of the purest, simplest, most gentle and most comfortable, perfect fabrics in the world.

It is believed to have originated in Bangladesh during the middle ages, it said.

Muslin, a brand name of pre-colonial Bengal Textile, especially of Dhaka Region, was specially produced from ‘carpus fibre’ in special weather and it was perfect plain, even, thin and transparent.

During the British rule, skilled weavers of Bengal attained worldwide fame for their Muslin weaved with locally produced cotton and it was branded as the Dhakai Muslin, it said.

The finest sort of Muslin was made of ‘phuti’ cotton, which was grown in certain localities on the banks of the River Sitalakhya.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on October 2014 gave instructions to the textiles and jute ministry for  taking steps to revive the muslin industry.

The ministry is now implementing a project to revive the muslin fabric.

The West Bengal Khadi and Village Industry Board also applied to the office of the Geographical Indications Registry of India for GI tag for Bengal muslin in November 18, 2019 and the application is now at the pre-examination level.

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