Tripura’s Traditional Attire Receives Geographical Indication (GI) Tag

Tripura’s Traditional Attire Receives Geographical Indication (GI) Tag

In a significant development, Tripura’s traditional tribal attire, known as “Tripura Risa,” has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag, adding to the state’s cultural heritage recognition.


  • Tripura’s iconic queen pineapple received the GI tag almost a year ago, alongside 13 other products from the Northeast.
  • The Killa Mahila Cluster of Gomati district, promoted by Tripura Rural Livelihood Mission (TRLM), has obtained the GI tag for Tripura Risa.

Government Initiative

  • The BJP-IPFT government of Tripura has been actively promoting Tripura Risa as a signature identity of the state since coming to power in 2018.
  • Earlier in May 2022, then Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb initiated efforts to recognize Tripura Risa with a GI tag, aiming to enhance its international popularity and marketing potential.

Components of Tripura Risa

  • Risa: It serves as a female upper garment, headgear, stole, or a token of respect. Traditionally handwoven, it is wrapped around the torso twice.
  • Rignai: Primarily a lower garment, similar to the saree of mainland India, worn by Tripuri women.
  • Rikutu: Used as a wrap or head cover for newly married Tripuri women.

Historical Significance

  • The origin of Tripuri attire predates the Manikya kings’ era, with Maharaj Trilochana, also known as Subhrai Raja, credited with inventing numerous designs of rignai during his reign.

Social and Religious Significance

  • Tripura Risa is not merely a garment but holds immense social and religious significance.
  • It is used in various ceremonies and festivals, including Garia Puja and weddings, as well as being worn by adolescents and as a symbol of honor.

Community Specificity

  • While Tripura Risa is common among the 19 indigenous tribal communities of Tripura, each community has its unique design, adding to the richness of the cultural heritage.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with Answers:

  1. What is the significance of Tripura Risa receiving the Geographical Indication (GI) tag?
    • A) It acknowledges its historical importance.
    • B) It enhances its international recognition.
    • C) It promotes indigenous craftsmanship.
    • D) All of the above.
    • Answer: D) All of the above.
  2. Who initiated the efforts to recognize Tripura Risa with a GI tag?
    • A) Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    • B) Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha
    • C) Former Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb
    • D) Home Minister Amit Shah
    • Answer: C) Former Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb
  3. What components make up the traditional Tripura Risa attire?
    • A) Risa, Rignai, Rituku
    • B) Sari, Blouse, Petticoat
    • C) Kurti, Salwar, Dupatta
    • D) Tunic, Leggings, Scarf
    • Answer: A) Risa, Rignai, Rituku
  4. What is the primary use of Rignai?
    • A) Female upper garment
    • B) Lower garment
    • C) Headgear
    • D) Present to express respect
    • Answer: B) Lower garment