Hola! We come across many beautiful artifacts in our daily life. One of them is bamboo and cane artifacts which are considered as one of the age-old craftwork. These are made up of one of the fastest growing plants i.e bamboos. Cane is the long, hard, hollow stem of particular plants such as bamboo. Bamboo and cane artifacts are very popular in many regions of India since it provides a perfect blend of art and utility. Assam has got abundant raw materials and hence has a large variety of beautiful products. One can use bamboo and cane artifacts as an alternative instead of extensive usage of wooden furniture or products that have challenged the environment for reduction of trees. These are lightweight but strong. Many products can be made out of bamboo and cane. Be it furniture, floor mats, jewellery, decorative items, musical instruments, kitchenware or daily use products.
Generally, a 3-4-year-old bamboo is chopped & get dried in the sun after removing excess oil by boiling it in caustic soda water for 15 minutes. Then it is cut into halves and further splitting is done as per the need for the design of the product. Usually, the artisans use their hands for weaving & knitting but some of the tools like ‘dao’ (bill-hook), a knife and a ‘jak’ (‘v’ shaped wooden frame) are essentially used. Also, other tools are used depending on the product design. After it is dyed, it is finished with natural lacquer & sometimes the products are treated against parasites. Bamboo and cane products are classified under 2 broad categories – medium quality articles for daily use products & fine quality for jewelry & decorative items.
Bamboo and cane products are strong and resistant to water when compared to oak. Qualities like durability, suppleness, aesthetic look make it a sustainable product yet beautiful. Also, the growth rate of bamboo is quite fast & can be harvested continuously for many years, making it environment-friendly. Apart from a little higher price which is again worth it due to the enormous amount of manpower & effort invested in each piece, you can’t find a single reason to say no to these bamboo and cane products. You can find at least one such product in every household. The demand is exponentially growing and has a better scope in future worldwide.
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