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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.
- They are known throughout the world for their superior quality and durability and even the city is called Lock City.
- Government institutions such as prisons, godowns, hospitals, and even temples use these locks instead of other machine-made ones.
- The abundance of iron in this region is the reason for the growth of the industry.
- 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.
- Dindigul Lock, Hardware and Steel Furniture Workers Industrial Co-operative Society Limited filed the application for the Dindigul lock.
- The Kandangi sarees are manufactured in the entire Karaikudi taluk in Sivaganga district.
- They are characterised by large contrast borders and some are known to have borders covering as far as two-thirds of the saree which is usually around 5.10 m-5.60 m in length.
- Worn in summer, these cotton sarees are usually bought by customers in bulk.
- The Amarar Rajeev Gandhi Handloom Weavers Co-operative Production and Sales Society Limited filed the application for the Kandangi saree.
[Source: The Hindu]