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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : Cane and Bamboo - 27

In India, cane and bambo have since ancient times been an expression of tribal art, providing them livelihood. Today the simple forms adorn the homes of the rich in various form including elaborate cane furniture.

Utilitarian and decorative itmes are made from cane in different styles and motifs, of which baskets and mats are the most popular. Tripura and Bengal are famous for elegant screens and bamboo mats, made from split bamboo, finely done. Assam, a state with abundant raw materials has a large variety of beautiful products like baskets, mugs for rice beer, hukkas, musical instruments and floor mats. Neighbouring Aruanchal Pradesh excels in cane and bamboo work too, producing itmes such as cane belts.

From Tamil Nadu, come the famed kora grass mats. The most delicate mats are mad in Kerala, where black and white square bamboo boxes are also made in the same tradition, making excellent gifts.

Cane is the natural endowment of the forest resources in Manipur. Due to Jhum (shifting) cultivation rampantly practiced in the hill areas, cane resources have been dwindling. Bamboo, another forest resource is abundantly grown in Churachandpur, Jiribam, Tamenglong and Imphal districts of Manipur, the largest producer of bamboo products after Tripura in the entire north-east. Some of the bamboo products are sofa sets, flower, vases, ashtrays and other decorative and utility articles.

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