Two well-known products from Tamil Nadu — Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree — have been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by The Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai, reported The Hindu.
The Dindigul Lock, Hardware and Steel Furniture Workers Industrial Co-operative Society Limited had filed the application for Dindigul Lock.
The application for the Kandangi saree was made by the Amarar Rajeev Gandhi Handloom Weavers Co-operative Production and Sales Society Limited.
“Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree got registered today,” Chinnaraja G. Naidu. Deputy Registrar of Geographical Indications.
The Dindigul locks are the famous locks known for its superior quality and durability. Even the city is called Lock City. All the Government institutions such as prisons, godowns, hospitals, and even temples use these locks instead of other machine-made ones.
There are over 50 varieties of locks made by the artisans using raw materials such as MS flat plates and brass plates procured from the nearby towns, including Madurai and Salem, reported The Hindu.
The Kandangi sarees are manufactured in the entire Karaikudi taluk in Sivaganga district. These sarees have large contrast borders. These sarees are made in cotton and the customers are usually buying in bulk quantities in the summer season.