Turtle Gamocha
Turtle Gamocha
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Traditional Handwoven Assamese Gamochas by Turtle Survival Alliance India

 

TSA-India Program is collaborating with traditional weavers in the village of Bishwanath Ghat on the Brahmaputra River to create gamochas that will benefit both the weavers and wildlife, including turtles. To uplift the economic condition for the weavers, help them continue their traditional art form, maintain their identity, and provide an avenue for turtle conservation awareness, they have formed the self-help group “KASO SAKHI,” which means “Friends of the Turtles.” This program and group identity aims to aid the weavers financially as an alternative source of income, decrease the dependency of subsistence fishing and agriculture along the Brahmaputra, and help to conserve the riverine ecosystem for turtles, dolphins, and other native wildlife.