According to a myth of a tribe in north-eastern India, all human beings descend on earth with the help of ladders. The material of these ladders varied from person to person. Some descended via gold ladders, while others stepped down through silver ones and then there were the ones who were given Bamboo ladders. As were their paths, so were their worlds; so, the ones who came through bamboo ladders collected together as a clan to live in Tripura. The myth seems to be true as one treads upon bamboo bridges lined over intervening valleys and torrential streams of Tripura and finds the material penetration deep into the lifestyles of the people here.
Bamboo and Cane are vital parts of social structure here. A wide variety of baskets, pails, rain shields, structural elements, haversacks, accessories, and tools are made with versatile sustainable bamboo. North-east is the hub for eco-friendly and sustainable bamboo and cane handicrafts in India. Bamboo and Cane are used to create an array of furniture, utensils, baskets, bowls and interior decoration products.
Some products are constructed by interlacing bamboo splits, while others like a fish trap, are shaped from a mat that is first woven as a flat surface. Rain shields are made by sandwiching a layer of dried palm leaves (for waterproofing) between two layers of bamboo strips, interlaced in an open hexagonal weave. The crafts are dependent on the systematic and skillful handling, strength, flexibility and sustainable fibrous qualities of bamboo. A large number of culturally distinctive eco-friendly baskets, bowls, and containers made by the ‘Riang’ and ‘Jamatia’ hill tribes are tall and conical unlike the shallow baskets constructed in the plains. Made from bamboo splits in an open hexagonal and closed weave depending on their function, they are used for carrying and storing grains and other items; for eg. A ‘Jamatia’ open carrying basket is made entirely of outer splits of bamboo, a closed weave bamboo-carrying basket is used for carrying grain by the ‘Riang tribe’. Sides of the baskets are strengthened by bamboo splits. The change in weave from the base towards the top gives the basket a wider mouth. Tukri, shallow storage baskets, ‘Mudha’ (stool) are some other sustainable products traditionally made by the tribes.
The tribes who made baskets, dalas (vegetable basket), bowls, rice keeping containers and the products of everyday use earlier have started using their sustainable techniques to make jewelry for 20-25 years.
Every handmade product is an expression of craft, creativity, and effort.
With dwindling forests and rising global temperatures, people are led to realize the need to save the woods. An increasing number of people are opting for eco-friendly furniture. There is a wide variety of eco-friendly furnishing materials available, which not only offer a rich look but are also inexpensive.
Bahcane brings to you, sustainable traditional handicrafts and the culture behind them, directly from the very home of the Indian artisan. We have a range of Bamboo and Cane products providing for the living, kitchen, dining, seating, planters, baskets, bowls, etc.
In the kitchen section, we have several bowls each with a distinct character of its own.
The “Thambal Bowl” finds its name from the Manipuri origin, meaning a ‘Lotus Petal’. It is made with eco-friendly materials and is sustainable in nature. It is beautifully crafted in its natural color of cane. It is light-weight, durable and has multiple utilities. It adds a traditional yet classic touch to your home décor. As for the maintenance, it cleans easily with a damp cloth without any hassle.