From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Assamese Gamosa
Mains level : Not Much
The multipurpose Assamese gamosa, a ubiquitous, white cotton towel, has been assigned a new function — conservation of rare freshwater turtles.
- Few cultural symbols are as utilitarian as the white handmade cotton gamosa, with its characteristic red border of woven motifs.
- It is valued as a gift for visitors, used as a scarf, anti-dust mask, wrapped around the head as a turban.
- Conservationists are now banking on this cultural icon to carry forward the message of turtle conservation, with gamosas woven with turtle images.