Nicobari Hodi Craft

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    The Geographical Indications Registry has received an application from the Tribal Development Council, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, seeking the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the Nicobari hodi craft

    • This is the first application from the Union Territory seeking a tag for one of its products.

    About Nicobari Hodi Craft

    • The hodi is the Nicobari tribe’s traditional craft. It is an outrigger canoe, very commonly operated in the Nicobar group of islands. 
    • The technical skills for building a hodi are based on indigenous knowledge inherited by the Nicobarese from their forefathers
    • The hodi is built using either locally available trees or from nearby islands, and its design varies slightly from island to island.
    • The tuhet, a group of families under a headman, consider the hodi an asset. Hodi races are held between islands and villages.

    Source: TH