Bhubaneswar (Odisha): The Odisha government has initiated a process to accord geographical indication (GI) status to the famous filigree work of Cuttack.
The handicrafts department is collecting detailed information on filigree work from eminent artisans to file an application in this regard to the Center.
“We are collecting detailed information on the filigree work of Cuttack. We would submit an application seeking GI status for filigree work of Cuttack to the Center within six months,” said a Handicrafts official.
He said steps are being taken to ascertain whether filigree work of any other state has been accorded GI tag.
Jewellers from Cuttack have won laurels from across the globe for their unique skills in filigree works from silver wires. They have showcased their talent in preparing idols and figurines of animals and birds.
Sources said artisans in Cuttack and its nearby areas have opted filigree works to earn their livelihood. Tourists from across the world visit the Silver City to observe the traditional art.
Sources said the handicrafts department had convened a high-level meeting recently to compile data on filigree work.
“A preliminary report has been sent to the Center urging it to consider GI tag for filigree work of Cuttack. We are planning to invite a Central team to apprise them of the traditional art,” said an official.
Stone carving of Konark, Pattachitra of Raghurajpur, appliqué work of Pipli, Pata sarees of Berhampur, Bandha sarees of Sambalpur and handmade garments of Kotpad have already received GI tags.