Odisha government has started preparation for filing application for Geographical Indication (GI) registration for palm-leaf etching craft.
A preliminary survey of palm leaf artists revealed that there are around 1000 palm-leaf artists are in Puri, Khurda and Cuttack districts.
Existence of palm leaf manuscripts is dating back to the time of Ashoka’s in Odisha. There are lakhs of texts containing temple architecture, flora and fauna, Ayurveda and miniature paintings on palm leafs which have attracted many a researchers over the years. But due to lack of patronage and promotion the century old cultural heritage is on the verge of extinction. The initiative for GI tag may revive the art form.