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Assamese Gamosa

Assamese Gamosa:

The ‘hybrid’ gamosa which was used for felicitating guests at a function sparked protests across Assam.

  • Assamese gamosa is a hand-woven rectangular cotton piece of cloth with red borders and different designs and motifs.
  • It is traditionally offered to elders and guests as a mark of respect and honour by Assamese people.
  • It is an integral part of all socio-religious ceremonies in the state and is considered an Assamese identity and pride.
  • For specific purposes, it is also made of expensive materials like traditional Assamese ‘Pat’ silk and in different colours as well.
  • The ‘gamosa’ meant for exchange during the ‘Bihu’ festival is known as ‘Bihuwan’.
  • It is a unique scarf found only in Assam and also received Geographic Indication (GI) tag.