Sunday, June 5, 2011


I love towels. The fragrance of a clean towel can be savored with half closed dreamy eyes. In winter there is nothing like a hot bath and then wrapping up and drying in a heavy fluffy towel. In summers it has to be the thin hand woven gamcha. This thin towel is convenient for travel as it dries very fast unlike any other towel.

The term "gamchha" derives from the Bengali গা মোছা (gā mochha), which means "wiping (the) body". Gamchha is the local term for a sweat towel used in west Bengal and adjoining areas in India, and Bangladesh. (source: Wikipedia)

The following line is quoted from the novel The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh.

"But she persisted, making signs and gestures until finally he understood. `Gamchha,' he said laconically, and of course, that was it; she had known it all along: Gamchha, gamchha."

Try one!

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