- Beypore is a historic port town on the banks of the Chaliyar River and is part of the present-day Kozhikode district in Kerala.
- The name Uru is associated with the 1500 years old traditional ship building culture of Kerala.
- An Uru is a wooden dhow and is mainly made of Malabar teak and it can even be considered biggest handicraft in the world.
- This type of boat has been used by the Arabs since ancient times mostly as trading vessels and rarely as a passenger
- Even now, urus are being manufactured and exported to Arab nations from Beypore.
- It takes a team of fifty men one to four years to build each Uru and the entire process is done
- The Khalasis are the traditional artisans responsible for the manufacture of the Uru.
- Most of these artisans involved in Uru-making are over 50-70 years old and have been in the profession for generations and have gained the knowledge from their father.
- The Beypore Urus are seen as a symbol of Kerala’s trade relations and friendship with the Gulf countries.
Geographical Indication (GI) Tag
- Geographical Indication (GI) is an internationally recognised identification method used to identify goods having special characteristics originating from a definite geographical
- It is governed and directed by the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
- In order to be recognised as a GI tag, there must be a method of recognising a product as originating in a given place.
- The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 provides for the registration and protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India.
- The GI tag is valid for a period of 10 years following which it can be renewed.
- This provides the product with legal protection and prevention against unauthorised use by others.
- GI tag aids in promoting the exports of the product.