New applications for Designations of Origin as part of the Program “Sello de Origen”
On April 8, 2014, both the Embroideries from Isla Negra and the Coral Handicraft from Juan Fernández, applied before the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) for a Designation of Origin.
This process is part of the program “Sello de Origen”, which aims at promoting, protecting and boosting typical national products, as well as of the strategic alliance with the Sub secretariat of Regional Development.
The Embroideries from Isla Negra, in Valparaíso Region, are fabrics and textile products made by farmers´ and fishermen´s wives who have become internationally renowned artisans. This application is supported by the Municipality of El Quisco.
The Coral Handicraft from Juan Fernández, also from Valparaíso Region, derives from the Black Coral of Juan Fernández, which is found between 100 and 300 meters deep. Since it is a protected species, the handicraft is currently made from the coral found by chance during fishing. This coral handicraft, whose elaboration started in 1970, is unique in Chile. This application is supported by the Distinguished Municipality of Juan Fernández.
It is expected that the protection of these products as Designations of Origin contributes to the resurgence of the rural culture, increases their demand and encourages the establishment of new touristic routes in this region. In this manner, they would add to the PicaLemon, the Easter Island Tuna Fish, the Juan Fernández Lobster and Crab, the Cahuil, Boyeruca and Lo Valdivia Salts, the Pomaire Pottery and La Ligua Pastries, all of which have been protected as Designations of Origins with a strong local connection.