India has successfully been able to retain its culture and creativity for years. Handicrafts have been instrumental in ensuring this stunning artwork translates into beautiful products .There is definitely a dire need to preserve our culture and the skills of the artisans involved in this creation.
Bamboo is extensively used in India by the tribals for artwork and is grown in many areas. The tribal artisans of Assam, Kerala, West Bengal, Tripura have been creating this artwork for ages. If we dive deeper into the history of bamboo art , it can be regarded as one of the oldest art-forms in human civilization.
Cane and Bamboo are one of the two essential products found in a Bengal household. Products like assembled baskets, ornamental trays, lamp- shades, tea-tables, monitors & hangings etc. are a few examples of Bamboo handicrafts widely used and produced in West Bengal. “Bamboo Basketry “is an ancient craft practiced by people from Bankura ,Bardhahaman,Murshidabad,Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur and Uttar Dinajpur. The artisans have inherited the skill of weaving materials into two or three dimensional artifacts such as mats or containers from their forefathers. Hence, this form of craft is widespread across the state of West Bengal
Bamboo art has not only significantly contributed to the varied culture of Bengal but also to the livelihoods of the artisans. As no mechanical devices are used in the production process, this majorly falls under the household industry. Bamboo is also used chiefly in the construction of houses and fencing apart from “basket - weaving. One of the specialities here include umbrella handles made of a special variety of bamboo namely "Muli". These handles are further etched, with designs of leaves , creepers , plants , rings and crosses.
Bamboo Craft is deeply rooted in the culture of West Bengal. Moreover, the artisans take immense pride in what they do ,their passion deeply reflects on their craft . In the words of Mahatma Gandhi , “The soul of India lies in its villages and if villages perish, India too perishes.” Let’s come together and support such artforms, for this community as well as for the generations to come.