How is GI-tagged Jaderi namakatti made in Tamil Nadu?

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Source: The post is based on the article “How is GI-tagged Jaderi namakatti made in Tamil Nadu? published in The Hindu” on 17th October 2023

What is the News?

Jaderi namakatti from Tamil Nadu has been recently given the Geographical Indications(GI) Tag.

What is Jaderi Namakatti?

Jaderi Namakatti is a type of clay stick that is white in colour.They are usually available in finger-like shape with a smooth texture.

Who makes it?

People from a small village called Jaderi in Tiruvannamalai district,Tamil Nadu make it.

What is it made from?

The namakatti is made from the rich deposit of hydrous silicate minerals.The clay is processed and shaped into finger-like sticks.

The production of Namakatti depends on the weather.It needs a lot of sunlight to dry properly.

Significance: Jaderi Namakatti are used to adorn the foreheads of idols, men and temple elephants.

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