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Bangladesh wants jamdani rights

Manufacturers of traditional items like jamdani in Bangladesh want the government to take immediate steps for ensuring the country’s ownership and patent rights. They say jamdani is solely a Bangladeshi item and not a generic one. Registering  ownership of traditional items, is considered crucial in the era of globalisation.

According to the Geographical Indication (GI) rules, the real producer of any particular goods in an area will get the absolute rights of the registered products. GI is a name or sign used on certain products to certify that they possess certain qualities, as they are made according to traditional methods or enjoy a certain reputation due to their geographical origins. These rules help protect the ownership of traditional items.

If jamdani sari is registered locally under the law, no other country will export any clothing item with the name jamdani to Bangladesh. Jamdani has its roots in Bangladesh. It is a hand-woven, fine cotton fabric deftly embellished with intricate motifs that are expertly woven into the fabric. Jamdani was traditionally done using mill cotton thread, resham silk thread, muga silk and tussar silk thread. It is a specialty weaving style, where patterns are woven into the fabric.