TRADITION OF BAMBOO WEAVING - TRIPURA
This hilly state, Tripura has a unique tradition in arts and crafts, sculpture and architecture, textiles, wood-carving, basketry and cane and bamboo work. The culture of bamboo is one of the most important and sustaining emotion in the state. The bamboo and cane mania has spread out to the entire state, specially concentrated in places like Kailasahar, Dharmanagar, Khowai, Sadar, Sooamura and Belonia besides Agartala town. Products carved out of bamboo made include mats, bags, moorahs, fruit-baskets, vases, office accessories etc. The state of Tripura is popular for her bamboo screens made from split bamboo as well which are so perfectly woven that they look beautiful. They are delicately appliquéd with coloured bamboo chips.
The art of bamboo weaving is also perfected by the Tripura community. It is a tedious process, but they don’t seem exhausted because of their affinity for bamboo. In bamboo weaving, the bamboo stalk is sliced finely to create thin and light strands. These strands can either be coloured or preserved in the same state for a natural look. The strands are then spread evenly and put inside a wooden loom, followed by hand weaving with multi-coloured threads.
Through applying different types of weaving techniques, then it is also possible to create various kinds of pretty patterns as well. The weaves, thus generated are used to create all these lovely, eco-friendly file covers, folders and cases.
Women in Self Help Group also resort to the same process for bamboo weaving. They group up the first slice of bamboo into thin slivers. The slivers are then dyed in an array of myriad colours before drying them in sunlight. The dyed slivers are hand woven into lovely baskets, flower vases, candle stands, files, office essentials etc.
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