On Monday Assamese traditional Gamusa or Gamocha made in to the Guinness book of world records. A 1,455.3 meter long Gamocha displayed in Delhi created world record as it became world’s longest hand woven piece of cloth.
The piece of cloth weighing more 100 kg was displayed on Monday at New Delhi’s India Gate in front of GuinnessBook of World Record observer Fortune Broke. The moment the cloth measured 102 meter after being rolled out, the existing record was broken and a new record was created. The earlier record was created by a 101 meter long hand cloth woven by Indonesian weavers.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Former Supreme Court judge MK Sarma, Union DoNER Minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar and Abhijit Baruah, who had earlier created two Guinness records, were present while the historic feat was accomplished.
12 weavers had woven this piece of cloth toiling day and night for six months in Jorhat. The silk Gamocha had imprints of different historical and heritage symbols of Assam like the Rang Ghar, Majuli, Sankardeva, Bhupen Hazarika and the one-horn rhino.
After the record breaking occasion, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi declared a grant of Rs 5 lakh to Mr. Abhijit Baruah and another Rs 5 lakh to the weavers who made the record possible. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi termed it as historic moment for the entire north east to have made it the word record, once again. “We are proud of our Gamocha and it is a symbol of Assamese heritage,” he said.
Photograph by Pori Phukan Boruah