14 Dec, 2022: In a proud moment for Assam, the state’s traditionally woven ‘Gamusa,’ a symbol of Assamese culture and identity with its distinctive red border and floral motifs, has been awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
A GI is tagged to agricultural, natural or manufactured products, handicrafts, and industrial goods that originate in a specific geographical territory.
It may be noted that gamosa, which is woven by Assamese people, is a cultural identity in which the people of the state offer it to others as a form of respect.
This accomplishment means that the Assamese Gamusa will now be legally protected, preventing unauthorised use.
The news that has delighted the Assamese community around the world was was confirmed by the union minister on Tuesday, December 13, taking to the twitter, the union minister said “Assam’s Pride, Shining Bright! Due recognition of our heritage & cultural identity. Gamosa gets the GI tag, bringing joy to thousands of weavers of this special item that has become a global symbol of Assam. Congratulations to all.”
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “A day of pride for Assam, as our #Gamosa gets a Geographical Indication Tag by the Government of India.” Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is often seen with a ‘Gamocha’ draped around his neck, Sarma congratulated all the people of Assam for this recognition.