In News: The Ministry of Textiles is organising exhibitions in various parts of the country to promote the heritage of India. 


KALA KUMBH – Handicrafts Exhibitions for promotion of GI Crafts


To promote Geographical Indication (GI) crafts and heritage of India.

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The Ministry of Textiles is organising Kala Kumbh in various parts of the country through the Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts).



The exhibitions are planned in various major cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. 

The exhibitions sponsored by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) started on 14th February, 2020 and will continue till 23rd February 2020 at Bengaluru and Mumbai and will also be organized in Kolkata and Chennai in March 2020.

Exhibitions are organised for 10 days in a particular city.



The visitors will be able to see a wide variety of handicrafts and by buying these handicrafts they can directly contribute in the improvement of the livelihood of these artisans

It will also create awareness of the rich heritage of the country. 


GI crafts being displayed at the exhibitions

  • Mysore rosewood inlay, Channapatna lacquerware, Dharwad kasuti embroidery, Kolhapur chappal, Bidriware, Molakalmur handblock printing
  • Ananthapur leather puppet, Thrissur screwpine, Vishakapatna lacquerware, Sandur lambani embroidery, Jodhpur terracota, Jaipur handprinted textile, bronze casting,
  • Medinipur mat weaving, Birbhum artistic leather and Khurdah palm leaf engraving.
  • Chittoor kalamkari painting, Thrissur screwpine crafts, Pokharan terracotta crafts, Kutch embroidery & crochet crafts, Pingla patachitra, Birbhum kantha embroidery
  • Jajpur Pattachitra painting, Madhubani Mithila painting, Kolhapur chappal, Palghar Worli painting, Kondagaon wrought iron craft, Agate stone crafts and Krishna handblock printing.


About GI tag

  • GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and also industrial goods) originating from the definite geographical territory.
  • Significance of a GI tag: It conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin.
  • The security
    • Once the GI protection is granted and no other producer can misuse the name to the market similar products
    • It also provides comfort to the customers about the authenticity of that product.
  • Legislations: Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection Act), 1999 
  • Other Provisions in this regard:
    • It  is covered as an element of intellectual property rights (IPRs) under the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property.
    • GI is governed by the WTO’s Agreement on the Trade-Related Aspects of an Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
  • As of August 2019, 178 GI handicraft products were registered from all over India.