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Rupa Tarakasi : GI Tag

Rupa Tarakasi: GI Tag

The famous silver filigree (Rupa Tarakasi) of the millennium Cuttack city in Odisha recently received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

  • Rupa Tarakasi is one of the most exquisite silver crafts.
  • This centuries-old, sophisticated craft is practiced in the silver city of Cuttack, Odisha.
  • It is known to have existed as far back as the 12th century.
  • The art form received considerable patronage under the Mughals.
  • In this work of craft, silver bricks are transformed into thin, fine wires (tara) or foils, from which silver filigree is made with all designs (kasi).
  • While different grades of silver are used in the main metal alloy, the craftsmen also use other metals like copper, zinc, cadmium and tin.
  • The artists involved with this filigree work are called “Rupa Banias” or “Roupyakaras” (in Odia).
  • This craftsmanship extends to creating various items, including jewellery worn by Odissi dancers, decorative artifacts, accessories, and religious and cultural pieces