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Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: IE


Context: A scarf – a hybrid creation of an Assamese gamosa and a Bengali gamcha – became the subject of controversy in Assam.


Assamese gamosa/gamusa (Body wipes or Towel):

  • It is generally a white rectangular piece of cloth with primarily a red border on two sides and red woven motifs on the other two sides.
  • Although the cotton yarn is the most common material for making/weaving gamosas, there are special occasion ones made from Pat silk.
  • It is a symbol of the culture and identity of Assam and had received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2022.