The famous Chi pi Khwu and Tsakü Khwü shawls of Chakhesang tribe became the latest and third product from Nagaland to be conceded the Geographical Indication (GI) Registration after the interspecific hybrid chili pepper – Naga Mircha and Naga Tree Tomato.
In April, Chakhesang Women Welfare Society which has its registered office at T. Chikri, Pfutsero in Phek District submitted the application for the GI tag approval of Chakhesang shawls under the listing category of Handicrafts.
According to the Morung Express source,” The GI approval was published in the latest Registration Details of Geographical Indications released on October 25 by Intellectual Property India (IPI).”
The Chakhesangs, formerly known as Eastern Angami, is an amalgamation of three sub-tribes namely, Chokri, Kheza and Sangtam, represented respectively in the three syllables ‘Cha-Khe-Sang’.
India, as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration & Protection) Act, 1999, which is administered by the IPI’s Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, who is also the Registrar of GI, since 2003.
It ensures that none other than those registered as authorised users (or residence of territory within the tag) are allowed to use the popular product name, confers legal protection and helps in preventing misuse of a registered GI.
Geographical Indications tag is initially registered for a period of ten years, but may be renewed from time to time. Darjeeling tea was the first GI tagged product in India, and by October 2017, a total of 542 Indian products have been tagged to the list.
List of 18 Geographical Indications tag from Northeast Region:
Assam – Muga Silk , Assam (Orthodox) Logo, Assam Karbi Anglong Ginger, Tezpur litchi & Joha Rice.
Arunachal Pradesh – Arunachal Orange
Nagaland – Naga Mircha (chilly), Naga Red Tomato and Chakhesang Shawl
Manipur – Shaphee Lanphee, Wangkhei Phee, and Kachai Lemon
Meghalaya – Khasi Mandarin and Memong Narang
Mizoram – Mizo Chilli
Sikkim – Sikkim Large Cardamom
Tripura – Tripura Queen Pineapple.