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By FutureLaw Desk

Jamdani, the classic Muslin craft and and one of the finest textiles of Bangladesh, is going to get registration by this month as the first Geographical Indication (GI) product of Bangladesh. Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT) will provide the GI registration for Jamdani, which is popularly known as Dhakai Jamdani or Dhakai.

The declaration came from Mr. Mosharrof Hossain, Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Industries in the 56th Annual Meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva on Tuesday (October 4, 2016).

Bangladesh government has enacted the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 2013 to protect and promote the potential food products, agricultural products and handicrafts of Bangladesh under the umbrella of geographical indications. After the registration, Jamdani will be the first GI protected product of Bangladesh.


Jamdani Saree

The origin of Jamdani traces back to the reign of the Mughals, when the emperors patronized the production of Jamdani through imperial warrants. The very term Jamdani is Persian, deriving from ‘Jam’, meaning flower, and ‘Dani’, a vase or a container, named after decorative floral patterns found on Jamdani clothings.

The fumes of dispute arose when India claimed the ownership of Jamdani, as a village called Uppada in the Andhra Pradesh of South India also produces similar product (far lower in quality of weaving)  which are called as Uppada Jamdani. However, the 8th Unesco Conference of the “Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage” held at Azerbaijan in 2013 has endorsed the historical link of Jamdani to Bangladesh. It has declared Jamdani handicraft as “sole tradition” and “intangible cultural heritage” of Bangladesh.

Source – Dhaka Tribune