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A Study of Profile of Textile Industry for Geographical Indications in India
India is known for her rich cultural heritage of textile industry. It is the ancient industrial and trade activity of India. Indian Textile Industry is one of the leading textile industries in the world. Despite the unorganized nature of industry, it plays a significant role in the economy. Handloom sector dominates the indigenous art and crafts. An era of LPG (Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization) has changed the economic structure across the world. The international trade laws like GATT, WTO, IPRs, TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of intellectual Property Rights) and Geographical Indications (GI) has changed the facets of international trade. The textile trade has also seen the challenges and evolved in the new trading procedures. Geographical Indications has proved to be a very significant aspect for the textile industry of the developing country like India. Handloom sector being one of the important parts of Indian Textile industry and Indian Textile export, GI registration has been proved to be an important tool of competitiveness in domestic and international market. A study of textiles would be incomplete without incorporating the literature on Geographical Indications (GI) of Textiles in India. The paper collects the information of GI Act, the benefits of GI, the method of protection of GI in case of infringement of GI. The paper focuses on the textiles registered for GI in India from various states. The paper gives the states' profile for GI registered textiles and registered logos. The paper wishes to conclude the trend of GI registration in the textile industry of India.
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