Bamboo Work


Bamboo & Cane occupy an important place in rural life: utility articles such as agricultural implements, fishing traps, hunting tools and baskets are made of bamboo. Shahdol, Balaghat, Mandla and Seoni regions of Madhya Pradesh are main bamboo producing centres apart from Chhattisgarh and Bastar. Here the artisans have skillfully harmonized their age old knowledge and techniques with new designs, to meet modern market demands. The Gond, Baiga and Korku tribal communities are highly skilled in the craft of bamboo.Spending time in Madhya Pradesh rural areas takes you back to the traditional Hindu era. The ancient using of bamboo in furnishing the doors still prevails over there, certainly proving the pious rustic look which is impossible to find in today's rapidly moving world. Carrying the experience of ages passed from forefathers to them, the tribal are aesthetic in finishing bamboo thickets and fabricating some elegant artistic out of it. Many minor communities like Gond, Baiga, Korku and Basor or Basod are ancestrally and traditionally involved in crafting aristocrat and lavish bamboo articles. If you are in a mood of taking some useful remembrance from the place you can shop a whole lot of handmade items like agricultural implements, fishing traps, hunting tools to baskets from the local weekly markets. Shahdol, Balaghat, Mandla and Seoni are also considered as major bamboo production centers aside from the renowned chatisgarh and bastar.

Bamboo Work has an especial place in the local craftof Madhya Pradesh, in rural pockets in particular. When one is on the tour of the state, he even finds houses with the bamboo door. Bamboo thickets are a common sight, and the tribals are experts at putting it to use.The major bamboo producing centers in the state are the regions of Balaghat, Shahdol, Seoni and Mandla. This craft form is much encouraged by the government of the state and earns huge revenue for the government as well as help in uplifting the tribals.Apart from articles of domestic utility, Gond, Baiga, Korku and Basor or Basod communities make decorative items out of bamboo; agricultural implements, fishing traps, hunting tools, baskets to name a few. The local artisans have skillfully harmonized their age-old techniques and knowledge with innovative designs to meet the demands of modern market. These communities usually put them up for sale in weekly markets.A visit to the state gives you a chance to see this mesmerizing work of the craft


Madhya Pradesh.


Bamboo Work of Madhya Pradesh, India occupy an important place especially in the life of rural populace. Various utility articles such as fishing traps, agricultural implements, baskets and hunting tools are made of bamboo. In Madhya Pradesh, most of these items are usually made by a community called Basod or Basor. These items are usually put up for sale in the weekly markets.In the state of Madhya Pradesh, the major bamboo producing centers are the regions of Balaghat, Shahdol, Seoni and Mandla. When you come to this state, you may even come to see some houses with bamboo doors. In fact, bamboo thickets are a familiar sight in Madhya Pradesh. Local artisans and the tribals are skilled at putting it to good use. The local artisans have skillfully harmonized their age-old techniques and knowledge with innovative designs to meet the demands of modern market. Bamboo Products of Madhya Pradesh, India owes a lot, especially to the highly skilled Gond, Korku and Baiga tribal communitie

The rural life of the people is very well resonated in their art and crafts that involves the age old knowledge to amalgamate with the new techniques. Bamboo that is abundantly produced in the regions of Shahdol, Balaghat, Mandla and Seoni, are used to produce a wide range of products like fishing traps, hunting tools and baskets. Some of the tribes that are highly skilled in this job are the Gond, Baiga and Korku communities."In order to sustain comfortably human beings need materials for manufacture and construction. During various parts of the history various types of materials were used such as iron, copper and latest being the plastics. The sources of these materials were not renewable and most of them are not biodegradable. Thus they are not eco-friendly. With environmental concern we are back to the basics. It is now envisaged that "Bamboo" is our future material. It comes from renewable source and bamboo is biodegradable. It gives us textiles as rayon, paper, food, shelter, medicine and craft and ensures employment generation. It is often called "Green steel". With these backgrounds, government of India has now come up with "Bamboo Mission". An international organisation called INBAR is planning bamboo development. In many UNDP and UNIDO programmes bamboo figures. Though bamboo originated in India, we do not have sufficient books and references on bamboo. We have to refer Japanese scriptures. Out of 550 species of bamboo available in the world 178 species are found in India out of which 75 species are found only in North Eastern India. This book is an attempt to give backgrounds on bamboo in Indian context with the hope that it will be a tool for success of "Bamboo Mission". It will certainly be of help to administrators, researchers, planners and so on." (jacket).


Bamboos are used for making bamboo flooring, bamboo doors, bamboo ladders, bamboo hurts and so on.

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