Gamucha or gamcha is the local term for a sweat towel. Gamucha has been traditionally worn as scarf by male folks of Orissa. Gamucha or gamcha is most commonly found with check and striped patterns of red, orange or green. In western areas, gamucha is primarily made in red colour and are plain like cloth. In southern India, gamucha is more coarse and are available in various dyes. Gamcha are worn by the South Asian people, especially in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and the Purvanchal region, because they are not as thick as Western-style towels and better suited to the country's tropical, humid climate. In Afghanistan they are also used and are commonly referred to as dismaal.