What is Rupa Tarakasi?

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The famous silver filigree (Rupa Tarakasi) of the millennium Cuttack city in Odisha recently received the geographical indication (GI) tag.

About Rupa Tarakasi

  • It is one of the most exquisite silver crafts.
  • This centuries-old, sophisticated craft is practiced in the silver city of Cuttack, Odisha.
  • Origin:
    • While the exact origin of the filigree art in Cuttack is not clear, it is known to have existed as far back as the 12th century.
    • The art form received considerable patronage under the Mughals.
    • Over the years, as Cuttack transitioned through the hands of different rulers, the silver filigree took on a new form with each.
  • Process:
    • In this work of craft, silver bricks are transformed into thin, fine wires (tara) or foils, from which silver filigree is made with all designs (kasi).
    • While different grades of silver are used in the main metal alloy, the craftsmen also use other metals like copper, zinc, cadmium, and tin.
  • The artists involved with this filigree work are called “Rupa Banias” or “Roupyakaras” (in Odia). 
  • This craftsmanship extends to creating various items, including jewellery worn by Odissi dancers, decorative artifacts, accessories, and religious and cultural pieces. 

Q1) What is Geographical Indication (GI) Tag?

It is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. This is typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts and industrial products. The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 seeks to provide for the registration and better protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India. This GI tag is valid for 10 years following which it can be renewed.

Source: Odisha: Cuttack city's silver filigree receives geographical indication tag