Unique Things to Buy From Assam
Your holiday to some of the most famous travel destinations are never complete until you buy a beautiful souvenir or local product from there. Be it the Tibetan prayer flags, scented soaps from Mysore or Kanchipuram sarees from Tamil Nadu, never forget to bring back some exotic items to flaunt your peers on how good you travel choices were. We bring into you some of the best things to buy from Assam when you visit their next time:
- Gamusa– Gamusa is very significant to Assamese culture and an integral part of every Assamese home. It is used by every Assamese in the form hand towel (the uka type), abihu wear(fulam gamusa) , in prayer or as latest seen while celebrating success (Hima Das at National Games and Ryan Parag during IPL). Don’t forget to grab one these beautiful gamusa on your way back. And in case you have been able to make a friend or two in Assam , definitely you will get one as a return gifts.
- Jaaapi- Jaapi is another important deeply attached cultural symbol of Assam since ages. Every visitor visiting Assam can be seen welcoming with a Jaapi and Gamusa. These vibrant conical hats made from woven bamboo can be a great addition to your home décor.
- Brass made utensils – Bell Metal industry one of the largest in Assam and making these hand crafted “Kaahor” objects are part of its rich old tradition. One can easily find these uniquely designed utensils both for religious and domestic usage available everywhere in Assam. If you visit any of these stores , you are sure to get caught to a beautifully designed Xorai (a religious offering tray), Ban Baati (a specially designed standing bowl) or a musical instrument like Bhortal (cymbal).
- Bamboo products – Bamboo and Cane products are some of the most widely practiced crafts in Assam and one must treasure of these uniquely designed products. With abundant raw material (Bamboo) in place, Bamboo craft is scattered throughout the state and one can see the use of bamboo products in every Assamese home, be it as bamboo cups, Chalani (Seive), bisoni (hand fan), khorahi (small basket), murha(a small stool ) etc.
- Assam silk mekhela sador – Assam produces one of the finest and rarest variety of Silk in India. Your Assam visit is incomplete if you don’t buy Assam mekhela chadar and wear it with the gorgeous Assamese jewelry. Beautifully crafted silk clothes for woman (in the form of Mekhela Sador and Sarees) are the biggest attraction. Apart from woman wear Assam silk products also include Shawls (made from Eri), Kurtas (for both men and women), Gamusas and various home décor items. If you are to visit SualKuchi in Kamrup district, you can very well experience the beautiful art of silk weaving of Silk fabrication.
- Assamese traditional jewelry – Assamese Traditional Jewelry is a must take away for anyone visiting Assam for the specialty it holds in its design and cultural reflection they bring in. Mostly depicting nature and Assamese heritage, these ornaments are intricately hand crafted in various parts of the state (majorly in 3 areas -Barpeta, Nagaon and Jorhat). A Gamkharu (traditional bangle), Joon Biri (shaped like half moon) and Dhol Biri (drum shaped) are some of the ornaments you can look for.
- Tea leaves– Known in the whole world for its tea cultivation, your visit to Brahmaputra Valley is incomplete till you taste its tea and take back a few packets for your loved ones. If you can visit tea estates during your travel, chances are you can very well see the entire production and hand pick some Assam tea right from the source.
- Antique masks – Mukhas or face masks is a part of rich Assamese cultural heritage since centuries. The art of mask making dates to centuries and there are generations from Sattras involved in making these unique masks depicting different mythological characters. If you are planning to visit the famous river island- Majuli , you can witness this most unique craft in action .
Hope this list has provided you plenty of more reasons to visit this beautiful state and carry some of the exotic stuff on your way back home. Travelling is all about creating interesting memories and bringing back something unique may help you retain your beautiful moments a little longer