Mizoram Tawlhlohpuan and Mizo Puanchei shawl or wraparound, the fine and intricately designed hand woven textile, has received Geographical Indication (GI) tag under the Government of India’s Department for promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.
‘I am happy to share that, Mizo Twalhlohpuan and Puanchei finally got registered under GI tag. It is a step towards the development of the State,’ said a senior research official from the Tribal Research Institute in Mizoram.
‘I am a Mizo and weaving puan (wraparound) is our culture and tradition since the time of our ancestral grandfather. Puan getting a GI tag is a big thing for us and it will surely develop our State,’ shared Lalduhawmi, a local weaver.
The GI tag is a boon for weavers of the State as it will provide a platform for their products in the international market, ensuring better income. It is worth mentioning that Tawlhlohpuan is a medium-to-heavy, compactly woven, good quality fabric from Mizoram. It is known for warp yarns, warping, weaving and intricate designs. There are many kinds of ‘Puans’. Every colour, motif and design of the cloth has a traditional and cultural significance to the Mizos. In high demand are the ‘Twalhlohpuan’ and ‘Mizo Puanchei’ shawl or wraparounds.
‘Geographical Indication’ tag is an indication used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation due to the origin. Such a tag conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is attributed to its origin.