We were offered the project of documenting and design development of bamboo products in Bissamcuttack, Orissa. This was a 15-day project.
The artisans of this area collect bamboo from jungles. They go to jungles & cut bamboo as their everyday routine. So it is fresh & green bamboo. Primary technique used is of splitting, & weaving. The artisans are very sensitive while making products of bamboo, and ensure zero wastage.
The artisans make products for their own use like boxes for wedding. Most of the work is done manually without using any tools other than knife and axe.
The artisans make a stand by splitting the bamboo in a finger joint, We used the same concept to make furniture, trays etc. Also, we developed series of bags with the artisans like carry bags, suitcases and school bags.
If the artisans make products for contemporary markets, they will definitely sell, however a major challenge is of transporting the voluminous products. They need support from the govt. to convert this craft into a revenue generating channel.