Industries Secretary, Jakia Sultana, announced that the government will soon grant geographical indication (GI) status to the Tangail sari. This decision follows India’s recent acquisition of GI recognition for Tangail sari, which sparked public concern as Bangladesh had not yet secured such recognition despite its historical association with the fabric’s production.
The Indian Ministry of Culture claimed on Facebook that Tangail sari originated in West Bengal, prompting Bangladeshi stakeholders to discuss their response. At an emergency meeting, Jakia urged stakeholders to swiftly compile necessary documentation for securing GI recognition for Tangail sari. Representatives from the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT) and the Tangail Deputy Commissioner’s office attended the meeting.
Tangail sari, woven by artisans in the northwest district of Dhaka for over two centuries, holds significant cultural and commercial value in Bangladesh. Currently, Bangladesh boasts 21 products with GI status, including Jamdani sari, hilsha fish, and muslin fabrics.