GI tag for Jharkhand’s Sohrai Khovar painting, Telangana’s Telia Rumal

News:Geographical Indication Registry of India has accorded Geographical Indication(GI) tag to Sohrai Khovar painting and Telia Rumal.


Sohrai Khovar:

  • It is a traditional and ritualistic mural painting practised by local tribal women in Hazaribagh,Jharkhand.
  • It is mostly practised during local harvest and marriage seasons using local, naturally available soils of different colours available in the region.
  • Traditionally painted on partitions of mud homes, they’re now also seen on different surfaces too.
  • The style features a profusion of lines, dots, animal figures and plants, often representing religious iconography.The walls of important places in Jharkhand have also been decorated with Sohrai­ Khovar paintings.

Telia Rumal:

  • Telia Rumal involves intricate handmade work with cotton loom displaying a variety of designs and motifs in three particular colours — red, black and white.
  • Uniqueness: It can only be created using the traditional handloom process and not by any other mechanical means as the very quality of the Rumal would be lost.
  • Significance: It is usually offered at the dargah of Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan.It is also worn as a veil by princesses at the erstwhile court of the Nizam of Hyderabad and as a turban cloth by Arabs in the Middle East.