Bhadohi carpet gets GI tag

The handmade carpet of Bhadohi was finally granted the Geographical Indication (GI) on September 4. With this, it has joined the league of other GI-tagged products like Pochampalli, Tirupati laddoo, Darjeeling tea and Banarasi silk and brocade. It is believed that centuries ago, some Iranian master weavers stopped at Madhosingh village, near Khamaria in Bhadohi, where they established the first loom and manufactured the first carpet in India. Today, the Bhadohi-Mirzapur region is the biggest carpet manufacturing hub of the country, exporting carpets worth Rs 2,500 crore. According to Rajni Kant, handmade carpets manufactured in nine districts of the region, viz Bhadohi, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Sonebhadra, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jaunpur and Chandauli would be tagged with ‘handmade carpet of Bhadohi’. The Mirzapur-Bhadohi region has around 32 lakh people engaged in the carpet industry.

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