Assamese ‘Gamocha’ gets GI tag

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Assamese ‘Gamocha’ gets GI tag

‘Gamocha’, a symbol of the culture and identity of Assam, has received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the central government, five years after the first application was made.

Important facts

  • The GI tag has been registered in favour of the Directorate of Handloom & Textiles of the Assam government under the Geographical Indication of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.

  • The process was started in 2017 when an application for a GI tag was filed by the Institute of Handicraft Development of Golaghat district.

About Assamese Gamocha

  • 'Gamocha' literally means towel and is commonly used on a day-to-day basis in Assamese households.

  • It is a hand-woven rectangular cotton cloth with a red border and various designs, traditionally presented to elders and guests by the Assamese people as a mark of respect.

  • It is an integral part of all socio-religious celebrations in the state and is regarded as a form of 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.

  • A 'gamocha' meant for exchange during 'Bihu' festival is known as 'Bihuwan'. 

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