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Saint Teresa’s blue-bordered sari an Intellectual Property now (Relevant for GS Prelims)

Since 1948, she wore a white sari with 3 blue borders — the outer border being wider than the two inner ones.

The famous blue-bordered sari of Mother Teresa, who has been canonised as Saint Teresa of Calcutta by the Vatican, has been recognised as an Intellectual Property of the Missionaries of Charity.

“The Trade Marks Registry”, Government of India, has granted the registration of the trade mark for that pattern of blue border of sari.

 About Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa MC, known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, born on 26 August 1910 was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. After having lived in Macedonia for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.

In 1950, Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries. They run homes for people dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools.

Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2016, Pope Francis  proclaimed Mother Teresa of Kolkata a saint. To attain the title of sainthood, two miracles are required to be identified/recognized.

(Adapted from The Hindu)



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