CUTTACK RUPA TARAKASI (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Economy)

News-CRUX-10     5th March 2024        

Context: The famous Cuttack Rupa Tarakasi (Silver Filigree) has been given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai.

Cuttack Rupa Tarakasi

  • About: Cuttack's silver filigree is a traditional form of metalwork in jewelry that finds its roots in the state of Odisha.
  • Qualities: The silver filigree of Cuttack is renowned for its fine craftsmanship and intricate designs, showcasing a luxurious and artistic approach to metalwork.
  • Origin: While the exact origin of Cuttack's silver filigree remains ambiguous, historical evidence dates back to the 12th century, with craftsmen working on silver in the city. The Mughals' patronage further solidified its link to the city as a source of origin.
  • Unique Design: The registry affirms that the intricate designs and fine craftsmanship of Cuttack's silver filigree are unique to the city, with a three-dimensional nature that imparts a realistic finish, setting it apart from other silver clusters in the country or the world.
  • Telkari Work: The tradition of silver filigree, known as Telkari work, has ancient origins dating as far back as 3500 BCE in Mesopotamia. Even today, the craft continues to thrive with its historical roots deeply embedded.
  • Spread in India: It is speculated that the silver filigree might have reached Cuttack from Persia through Indonesia around 500 years ago, facilitated by sea trade. Evidences suggest a historical exchange of jewelry and gems between Kalinga and Indonesia, contributing to the development and uniqueness of Cuttack's silver filigree.
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