Guwahati/ 22nd September’2017 (Prag News Desk): Gamosa, the States traditional multipurpose cloth that represents the quintessential Assamese cultural and ethnic identity is soon going to make bid to get registered as a item having a special place in Assamese culture, is soon going to make a bid to get itself registered as an item having Geographical Indication (GI) a form of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) .
The State Handloom and Textiles Directorate has initiated the process and engaged the Patent Information Centre (PIC) of the government-run Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC) to take the required steps for the purpose.
After the recent shameful incident of the buring of Gamosa in at Juriya which is an enacted upon threat on our identity, also, the nefarious trade practices by some outside-the-State textile factories is a growing inpediment too.
The GI registration certificate would prevent plagiarising of gamosa by such factories.
We are trying to secure GI registration for Assams gamosa. We have been preparing to apply for the GI registration of this valued item of Assamese cultural heritage since August. The formal meeting of the technical officers of our Directorate was held for the purpose on August 15 last” stated Mizanur Rahman, Additional Director of Handloom and Textiles.
Here, the ASTEC PIC had secured GI registration of States muga silk in 2006, which was the first item from the NE region to get a registration certificate from the GI Registry of India. The ASTEC PIC has also been working on securing patents for 68 items and GI registration for States Boka Chaul and Assamese jewellery, besides gamosa. Six of the items it applied for patent registration are already granted, while Boka Chaul is in the final stage of securing GI registration.
The Handloom and Textile Directorate has proposed that the GI registration should cover all varieties of gamosas like the phulam (embroidered), the anakata (the gamosa woven for some special rituals without effecting any cut), the tiyoni (the gamosa used while bathing) varieties. This is apparently the Government best initiative to promote and preserve our identity and make it recognized to the world.