Thursday, 21 Nov 2019 | 24 Rabi Al Awwal 1441
Pendant with Oman’s National Emblem goes viral on social media

Pendant with Oman’s National Emblem goes viral on social media

The pendant is element of the Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s international wedding line launched in Hong Kong final week. A post on his official Instagram account study, “The strength of couture lies in the tenderness of the hand. Delicate scalloping with ivory silk thread and minute pearls are embroidered onto tea-washed tulle.”

In Oman, there have been mixed reactions amongst social media customers right after the photograph of the pendant went viral.

A post by ‘bedouinonline’ on Instagram stated, “This makes me so happy.” Another user ‘theycallhimsachh’ stated, “Pendant is inspired by the Omani khanjar.”

Rekha S, a homemaker stated, “It is a good design. I am happy that the Oman’s National Emblem will be known worldwide. It looks sleek and stylish.”

However, Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has laid down strict suggestions for the use of such symbols for private as effectively as industrial purposes. According to the Royal Decree 53/2004, it is prohibited to use the emblem or logo as a trademark or for industrial advertisement or publicity. Likewise, the logo shall not be place on locally created or imported jewellery, items or other goods with out prior permission from Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

A senior official from Ministry of Commerce and Industry stated, “We have strict guidelines and protocol regarding the use of national symbols and emblems. One must take a licence to use them and this applies to both Omanis and non-Omanis.”

Amal al Raisi, an Omani designer stated, “I think if there was ever a direct inspiration from the khanjar to the collection, or even if there was a message that he wants to tell behind using the khanjar, then I approve of it. But it is not fine if he used it by violating the rules of usage. Maybe he should have taken up the issue with the Omani Embassy in India.”

Muscat Daily attempted to get a clarification from the designer but didn’t get a response till the time of going to press.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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