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Bhubaneswar: The standard Sambalpuri saree—and the satisfaction of Odisha’s handlooms—has been making the correct noises not too long ago, be it on the nationwide or worldwide stage.
First time MP from Odisha, 70-year-old Pramila Bisoi, stood out at parliament with the pallu of her Sambalpuri saree draped over her head and a vibrant line of sindoor parting her hair.
On her half, Odia actress Swapna Pati slayed it on the Cannes movie competition by carrying a Sambalpuri saree on the pink carpet, bringing glory to her dwelling state and its wealthy tradition.
However the accolades, not every part is okay with this world well-known weave in its own residence. The blatant replication of Sambalpuri designs has forged a shadow on the livelihood of conventional weavers in Odisha.
Within the newest such incident, Bargarh police had even registered a case in opposition to a Rajasthan-based garment producer for allegedly replicating Sambalpuri saree designs and promoting them.
Expressing concern over this state of affairs, BJD’s Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Acharya has requested the Centre for the strict implementation of the Geographical Indications of Items (Registration and Safety) Act to safeguard the curiosity of weavers and merchants in Odisha.
“After agriculture, Odisha’s handicraft and handlooms is sort of in style and this sector additionally offers large employment alternatives. However now the Sambalpuri Saree design is being replicated by some merchants exterior the state. As lakhs of such pretend Sambalpuri Sarees at the moment are being bought in Odisha, the real merchants and weavers are going through issues and incurring losses,” stated Acharya.
The MP additional said that the Sambalpuri saree is protected beneath the GI tag, however some merchants in Erode and Pali in Gujarat had been violating the norm.
“I’ve urged the Central Authorities for strict enforcement of the GI Act. Apart from, a request has additionally been made to revive the 10% rebate for the weavers and artisans on handloom material, which was withdrawn earlier,” he added.