Where millions of people are filling their breadbasket in pen and paper, one community in India are still struggling with forest bamboos. The conversation limelight the tribal heritage with bamboo culture. Nothing is termed useless in tribal dictionary. After harnessing the fruits of the plant, their off-season work lies in showcasing their craftsmanship with the remnants.
India's tribal dominating states like the Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh shimmers with the skillful tradition of bamboo and cane craft. The Adis, Bangnis, Apatanis, Mishmis, Hill Miris and Nocts are supreme masters in this culture. They transform the bamboo strips into the structural qualities of wardrobe articles and domestic goods. Items like the hat, waist belts, combs, hand band, stylish hand fan are embellished with birds feather, animal beak and hair-dyes. Baskets, popularly known as 'Khang' in Nagaland have the storage capacity of wooden blocks and paddy grains. Apart from this, various household items like liquor vessels, rice-plates, mugs and mats are hand-crafted in a variety of designs. Bamboo and cane craft plays a vital evidence in weaponry items like bows and arrows, hunting and fishing traps, spears and axes. Tribal folk in Nagaland design a manual wooden machine to make the decorative Naga woolen shawls. The attractive smoking pipe, known as 'Hukka' is nothing but the brainy ideas by tribal culture.
Fibers are also sucked out from the local plant and used in the form of rope, strings, brooms etc. Both men and women are skilled in making extra income with arranging bamboo fairs at the nearby town. Besides gaining reputation within the country, the culture is also exploring the international markets.