Gamosa masks come to the fore in fight against Coronavirus pandemic in Assam
SARUPATHAR: This Bohag Bihu, the Assamese gamosa has become the mask in vogue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. For every Assamese, the gamosa is a symbol of identity and existence. These hand-woven cotton gamusas are now turning out to be the most convenient and acceptable face cover for people in the State.
Beauty Bora from Sarupathar under Golaghat district has prepared many such gamosa face covers and sold them to people in her locality at a very nominal rate. “It is cheap and one can relate to it, so it is in demand,” she said. “After the face cover is ready, it should be washed with Dettol water to ensure it is safe for personal use,” she added.
Beauty Bora has also received many orders for the masks. The gamosa is easily available in every Assamese household and it is not difficult to make a face cover out of it. “The gamosa face cover is easy to make and one can simply cut it into a proper size, put the flowery portion outside and tie it with rubber bands on both sides,” said Beauty’s niece.