Assam Traditional Gamosa Gets Geographical Identity Tag
‘Gamusa’ or ‘Gamosa’-an unique identity of Assamese culture and tradition and it’s winter rice variety ‘Chokuwa rice of Assam’ have been finally approved and listed in the 124th Geographical Indications (GI) Registry Journal of 24 October.
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on specific products which correspond to a geographical location or origin. In simple words, it identifies agricultural, manufactured things or natural products originating in a specific area that should have a special characteristic unique to the geographical indication.
The GI journal describes “Gamosa is a traditional textile of Assam. It bears great significance for the people of Assam. Gamosa is one of the unique identities of Assamese society. It is a symbol of Assamese culture”.
The journal has also listed nine different types of gamusa- uka gamosa, xadharon gamosa, bihuwan, tioni gamosa, pani gamosa, anakota gamosa, telos gamosa, jor gamosa and phulam gamosa,
“This is a handloom product which has high esteem and wide usage in Assamese culture…Gamosa unites the whole Assamese people. It is the symbol of feeling & belongingness, welcoming people, respecting elders, love and care to loved ones,”
On 16October 2017, the application for gamusa was filed to the GI Registry by the Institute of Handicraft Development in Assam’s Golaghat district and the application for Chokuwa rice was made by Seuj Satirth of Sivasagar.
“Chokuwa rice of Assam is a unique gift of nature. This class of rice is not known in any other parts of the world. Chokuwa rice is a special class of semi glutinous winter rice (Sali rice in vernacular) of Assam which is in cultivation from time immemorial”, the GI journal states.