- The Thanjavur Netti works (pith works) and Arambavur Wood Carvings of Tamil Nadu were accorded the Geographical Indication Tag by the GI registry. There has been a long-standing demand for GI Tag. The tag is awarded to products that the special for a particular geographical area and prevents misuse of the popularity of the products by others.
- Thanjavur Netti work is made from Netti (pith) from a marshy plant called as Aeschynomene Aspera. The traditional artform used widely in the Brihadeeshwara temple Idols. The government has recognised the pith work industry as one of the major handicraft symbols.
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