A workshop has been organised to sensitise producers of Navalgund durries about registering producer groups as authorised users under the Geographical Indications (GI) Act, 1999.

The workshop will be conducted by the Textiles Committee under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), at Hotel Swati here on Friday.

According to a release issued by the Textiles Committee, the origin of Navalgund durries can be traced back to a group of weavers who originally migrated from Bijapur to Navalgund. They came to the town selling pearls, but soon settled down there and set up looms to weave the durries.

The rugs, carpets and durries are exclusively woven by women artisans in Navalgund, the release said.

Realising this, the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), which is presently the registered proprietor of Navalgund durries, wants to register the producer groups of this craft as authorised users.

The programme would not only increase awareness, but also help identify such groups, the release added.

It might be recalled that the GI tag confers legal protection to the product and producers in the region.

It will help identify, register producer groups as authorised users under GI Act