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Tripura: Matabari Pera Prasad, Rignai Pachara Textiles Get GI Tag

Three traditional products from Tripura have recently received the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag. The products are Matabari pera prasad, Rignai pachara textiles and Risa. With this, Tripura now has 4 GI Protected products.

Matabari Pera Prasad: Sweet Offering at Tripureswari Temple

The ‘Matabari pera prasad’ is a sweet offering at the renowned Tripureswari temple in Tripura. Made from milk and sugar, this delicacy is famous for its distinctive taste and deep-rooted cultural traditions.

With the increasing demand for the peda among locals and visitors, companies have started marketing the product to customers worldwide. The peda can now be ordered online, as well as through Facebook and WhatsApp.

Rignai Pachara Textiles: Hand-Woven Attire with Rich Heritage

‘Rignai pachara’ is a traditional hand-woven attire meticulously crafted by skilled artisans using indigenous materials and techniques. This garment holds symbolic value within Tripura’s cultural tapestry and reflects the rich legacy of the region’s textile heritage.

The ‘Rignai pachara’ has garnered significant interest among urban dwellers, particularly in metropolitan areas, for its traditional allure.

Risa: Tripuri Tribal Women’s Artistic Creations

Risa, another traditional product from Tripura, received the GI tag earlier this month. Known for its surprising and stylish designs, exclusive multi-colour combinations, and lasting texture, Risa carries great significance for the art of Tripuri. Tripuri tribal women make all the fabrics, including Risa, using loin looms. They create the most amazing and stylish designs by using multi-coloured warp and weft threads on the loom.

Queen Pineapple of Tripura: Previously Recognised GI Product

In addition to the recently recognised products, the queen pineapple of Tripura had already received a GI tag through the initiative of the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC). This nutrient-rich pineapple is one of the 13 fruits and vegetables from the Northeast that have been awarded the GI tag.

GI Tag: Legal Protection and Economic Opportunities

The GI tag ensures legal protection against unauthorised imitation or misuse of the products produced in a particular geographical region, safeguarding their authenticity and preserving the cultural heritage associated with them. This recognition also facilitates market access and promotion, both domestically and internationally, thereby fostering economic opportunities for local communities involved in their production.

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