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Gamusa – locally woven traditional Assamese handloom product which is much in demand
Gamusas and Japis are two important items in Assam, which are in much demand throughout the year in the state especially during festival seasons and social functions. These items are demanded by the people to honour the guests and honourable persons during each and every event.

However, it has been found that throughout the festival season, the supply of locally woven gamusas are not according to demand by the customers. The reason behind it is said to be heavy cost of the locally produced items. On the other hand, the weavers and traders from other parts of the country take advantage of supplying gamusas at cheaper rates and make more profit despite spending heavy cost on transportation of goods and labour charges.

Interestingly, despite much hue and cry not a single section of people comes forward to meet the demand of the market. It is said that the local weavers do not get yarn and other materials for weaving gamusas. The weavers accuse the government for not making arrangement to supply yarn and looms for weaving sufficient gamusas. It is also complained that the cost of local products are higher due to heavy labour charges. Complaints are lodged by a number of people against local private suppliers of materials like looms, yarns etc, of charging heavy prices which leads to high cost of production.

On the other hand, people complain that such products are coming from Uttar Pradesh and southern parts of the country. May be, the labour charges are cheaper in other parts of the country, but expenses incurred on packing and transportation also have to be taken into account.

In the present situation, it is necessary that local entrepreneurs come forward to get raw materials from sources available and not sit idle and wait that the Central or state government would make the things available. The Central and state governments have introduced a number of schemes for the young entrepreneurs and it is time for local people to come forward and make the state self sufficient.

It is seen that the people in thousands flock together shouting slogans against the government for providing jobs to the people. These people can play major role to unite and work together in the interest of the state and self.

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