Thursday, 26 November 2015

Assam Arts & Crafts- The various art forms in Assam are the life and soul of its people

Assam has a flourishing handicrafts business. Assam is renowned for the production of some wonderful silk. The state produces superior quality silk called ‘Pat’ and ‘Muga’. Moreover, weaving and embroidery are counted as major handicraft industry in the state. Cane and bamboo are also used here exquisitely to make beautiful handicrafts. In addition, terracotta products of Assam are also good examples of beautiful crafts.

Various types of handicrafts available in Assam
Bamboo and Cane products
Brass and Bell metal crafts
Traditional Paintings

Cane & Bamboo Crafts:  Bamboo and cane contribute a lot to the economy and lifestyle of the north-eastern state of Assam. This is mainly because of the fact that the hills and forests of the region have vast expanses of bamboos and canes and the natives, being excellent craftsmen that they are, have learnt to use them for a wide range of purpose in their everyday life. 

Handloom Products: Handloom comprises of one of the oldest industries in the northeastern state of Assam. It is known far and wide for its rich textures and designs. So much importance is attached with the industry that it is customary for every young Assamese girl to acquire the skill to weave, in order to qualify for marriage.

Assam Jewelry: Assam has a rich collection of traditional jewelry, which is unique and exclusive to the state. These jewelries hold a special place in the heart of the Assamese women and are worn during the cultural and religious events. Jorhat, the second biggest city of Assam, is the main jewelry making centre of the state.

Assamese Masks: Masks, also known as mukhas, are said to be the base of the Assamese culture and tradition. They are worn mostly during theatres and bhaonas, which revolve around the Assamese tribal myths and folktales. Since ages, these masks have been the centre of each and every cultural event in the state.

Metal Crafts: Metal craft comprises of one of the oldest cottage industries of Assam. These products are famous all over India and can be found in almost every Assamese household. Famed for their unique artistic skills, the local artists and craftsmen of the state are mainly involved in designing brass and bell metal utensils.

Assamese Paintings: The traditional paintings of Assam serve as a source of inspiration to thousands of art lovers across the globe. Known for their unmatched quality and outstanding strokes of mastery, they have become an integral part of the rich Assamese culture and heritage. Tracing their origin to seventh century AD, Assamese paintings .

Toys:  Toys speak a lot about the culture and tradition of a place. They depict the lifestyle and the way of living of the people residing there. So much can be known about the heritage and customs of a given place through toys that mentioning them becomes inevitable when one speaks about the art and craft of a particular region. 

Woodcraft:  A reference to the traditional art and craft of Assam, without mentioning the exquisite woodwork found there, would be as good as incomplete. So vast is the woodcraft industry in Assam that a separate group of people called khonikors is there to carry out this delicate task. The success of this industry depends mainly on the raw material, timber, which is found in abundance in the state.

Assam handicrafts have a huge export market. And most of these crafts are exported across countries like Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, UAE and many other countries of the world. The lovely works of cane and bamboo gets huge attraction in international trade fairs and exhibitions. Moreover, the famous silk of Assam is also quite popular in the export markets.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Handicraft of Tripura: The masterpiece of bamboo art

The state of Tripura boasts of its unique handicraft products which are known for their elegance and beauty. The use of bamboo is deeply penetrated in the lives of the people of Tripura which finds mention in the culture, tradition, beliefs and economy of the state. The unique topography of Tripura makes it possible for the abundant growth of bamboos in the state which are used by the artisans to turn them into incredible objects of art. The skilled artisans of the state take pride in producing splendid objects from bamboo, cane and wood and an array of furniture, utensils, decorative items and accessories are made out of bamboo, cane and wood which are slowly gaining recognition both in the national and international market.

Tripura handicraft offers marvelous pieces of art right from home decoration to everyday use. Pieces of interior decoration such as false ceilings, wall panels, room dividers, plaques, pot containers etc are made very intricately. Furniture like sofa sets, dining chairs, garden chairs, baby chairs, morah, centre table, side table, dining table mats, floor mats etc add to the glamour of the living room. The artisans also make different types of baskets out of cane and bamboo strips which are unique art pieces. Items like ladies bags, hand fans, portfolio bag, small framed mirror, hair clips, powder case, decorative trays, earrings, clips, bangles and neck piece are among the other finest works of art of Tripura artisans. The handicraft items are intricate and painstakingly decorated by the makers. The artisans of Tripura are known to make fine bamboo splits and turn them into beautiful objects like loom woven mats with thin bamboo strips, turned and carved cylindrical containers made with bamboo Culm and hand fan made from bamboo mat. These artisans always apply innovations to their art. A recent innovation of the artisans is carving of bamboo roots where statues and sculpted narratives are depicted in Bamboo root carvings.

A Design Extension Centre is run by the State Department of Industries at Agartala and a Bamboo and Cane Development Institute has been established by the All India Handicrafts Board to take up research in the chemical treatment of bamboo. In Tripura places like Agartala, Kailasahar, Khowai, Dharmanagar, Sooamura, Sadar and Belonia are the ones where these products are primarily made. The Riang and Jamatia hill tribe are specially gifted artisans of these products. Tripura handicraft items are available in Purbasha, a Govt.of Tripura undertaking Sales Emporium. There are also several private sales emporiums throughout the state selling handicraft items.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Go Green: working for a safer and a greener environment

Canecraft & Allied Industries is one of the leading manufacturer and supplier of handicraft product in North-East India, having a factory and a showroom in Guwahati. The industry mainly deals in cane and bamboo products, terracotta products, home d├ęcor and eco friendly bags etc. With over 23 years of expertise in the sector it also believes in contributing towards a safer and green environment for the society and for the future. As part of its Go Green initiative they have planted more than 300 saplings of trees of various species across Guwahati.

The Go Green campaign aims to aware common people as well as the corporations to choose and make this planet a better place to live. With global warming slowly affecting our planet, the government and the consumers need to be more spirited in going green in every facet of day to day life. You can be part of this campaign starting anywhere - be it your home, office, public spots or in any community. 

Canecraft & Allied Industries has been playing an important role via go green campaign to spread the importance of green behaviour in the society. Apart from planting trees some of the methods one can use in going green include - running dishwashers only when full, turning off the water while brushing teeth, reusing plastic bags, pulling on a sweater rather than turning on the heat, switching from single-use plastic water bottles to reusable stainless steel drinking containers, turning off the water while brushing teeth, replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient eco-friendly bulbs and unplugging appliances when they are not in use.

Importance of going green is something that everyone is aware of nowadays and is gaining momentum all over the world. It is imperative that we ensure that this going green campaign is imbibed in people’s minds and that people spontaneously acquire the habit of living in an environmentally aware and sustainable nature. When our homes, localities and workplaces begin to implement this campaign then definitely it will be a turning point for our society and hopefully we can give a safer and cleaner environment to the next generation.

Canecraft & Allied Industries was founded in the year 1993 by Naveen Sood and the industry is registered under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Government of Assam. As part of the initiative, anyone can walk up to Canecraft & Allied Industries showroom in GS Road and collect tree saplings, which they can plant.  It would like to spread this message starting from friends, colleagues and gradually reach the society. 

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Mizoram can be the Bamboo state of India

Mizoram is the land of a number of craftsmen and skilled artisans excelling in various crafts. Bamboo and Cane related crafts are a major source of income to the state as well as the people. The Mizo’s dexterity in wicker-work and basketry is well known. Bamboo and Cane have their multifarious uses in turning out various commercial crafts and items of furniture. Even their houses are generally built with bamboo walls and floors and thatched roofs. While women excel at weaving, men are expert at cane and bamboo work. They make fine cane hats and uncommonly beautiful baskets. The traditional Mizo hat is known for its workmanship. It looks as if the hat is woven out of fine bamboo as fine as cotton yarn. Besides their typical hat or caps, domestic baskets are all made from plaited bamboo and these are reinforced by stout cane, which is very hard and durable. By smoking, the cane would be coloured a shiny mahogany to give some colour and patterns to the work.

Bamboo forests cover a large extent of area in Mizoram. Around 57% of the geographical area of Mizoram is under Bamboo cover found at heights ranging from 400m – 1500m above mean sea level. The State possesses the maximum percentage of  its geographical area under bamboo  forests  as  compared  to  other  States  of   the  country. Bamboo forests are most abundant in the five northern districts but are  rare  in  the  eastern  and  south  eastern  parts  of   the  State, particularly in Champhai, due to high altitude. Most of the bamboo species occurring in the State are found between 400m to 1,500m altitude  and  their  distribution  is  somewhat  restricted  to  above 1,550m.

DONER Minister Jitendra Singh said that Mizoram can become the Bamboo state of India and the Government has already initiated an effort to activate a Bamboo Development Board.

Noting that there was need for each North Eastern state to develop an individual identity, Singh said: “State of Mizoram has a very bright opportunity to develop itself and earn the distinction of being a ‘Bamboo State’ of the Indian Union.”

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Earning a Living with Handicrafts

Fifty-year-old Damit Pdakasiej, a mother of 3 girls and 4 boys, from Syntein in Mawsynram makes a living by weaving cane and bamboo handicrafts and marketing them.

Don Bosco Museum, which promotes indigenous art and culture, tourism and alternate livelihood system, is in support of initiatives taken by Self Help Groups (SHGs) and individuals such as Damit Pdakasiej.

Damit Pdakasiej is part of a 20-member ‘Kenbah Kynmynsaw Handicraft and Multi-purpose Co-operative Society’ formed in 2007. Initially, members of the group were trained by government agencies. However since then, they now stand on their own and support their families by manufacturing and marketing their products themselves.

When asked if the trade is sustaining, Damit Pdakasiej said, “In a day, an individual usually makes one big-sized handicraft or two small-sized ones. I earn approx Rs. 200, including the bamboo materials, in a day.” “We are generating an income and managing well,” she added. Her husband Hodling Lapen is also a member of the Society.

Damit Pdakasiej, who first learnt the art of craft-making by watching her mother, also passes on her skills to others by teaching participants attending vocational training programmes organised occasionally by the Society.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Handicraft: The Ancient Tradition of Creating Things with Your Hands

Anyone who’s spent significant time creating with their hands – whether it be painting, carpentry, knitting, carving, building – can appreciate the distinctive satisfaction it evokes. (I’m using the term broadly.) Handicraft, as wide a spectrum as it can encompass, isn’t about routine chores or fix-its. There’s a difference between grudgingly doing your own home repairs to save money and savoring the experience of meticulously renovating your own home. It’s about the love of the craft on some level.

Indian Handicrafts Industry

India is one of the important suppliers of handicrafts to the world market.  The Indian handicrafts industry is highly labour intensive cottage based industry and decentralized, being spread all over the country in rural and urban areas.  Numerous artisans are engaged in crafts work on part-time basis.  The industry provides employment to over six million artisans (including those in carpet trade), which include a large number of women and people belonging to the weaker sections of the society.

In addition to the high potential for employment, the sector is economically important from the point of low capital investment, high ratio of value addition, and high potential for export and foreign exchange earnings for the country.  The export earnings from Indian handicrafts industry for the period 1998-99 amounted to US$ 1.2 billion.

Although exports of handicrafts appear to be sizeable, India’s share in world imports is miniscule.  It is a sector that is still not completely explored from the point of view of hidden potential areas.  India, a country with 26 states and 18 languages and more than 1500 dialects offers an enormous range of handicrafts from each of the states.  Major centres in Uttar Pradesh are Moradabad also known as the "Peetalnagari" (City of Brass), Saharanpur for its wooden articles, Ferozabad for Glass. The North Western state of Rajasthan has to offer the famous Jaipuri quilts, Bagru and Sanganer printed textiles and wooden and wrought iron furniture from Jodhpur.  The coastal state of Gujarat comes with embroidered articles from Kutch. Narsapur in Andhra Pradesh is famous for its Lace and Lace goods. But this is only a small part of the total product range. India offers much more. 

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Ethnic Art of Assam - Terracotta on The Verge of Decay

Terracotta Work of Assam is famous in India and also in abroad. It is also one of the most refined versions of  Terracotta Art in India. Assam craftwork represents the rich cultural heritage of India. The magnificent artefacts boost about the mastery skills of the artisans. The terracotta work of Assam has dominated the handicraft segment for ages. The exotic works of art of different mythological figures, idols, decorative showpieces are exquisite example of the thriving terracotta industry of the state. 

History of Terracotta Work of Assam 

The traditional terracotta work of Assam can be traced back to ancient times. This aesthetic form of art has a deep-rooted origin in this state. It evolved significantly with the evolution of art and culture in Assam. The early artisans mastered the art of creating various forms of religious characters that made its presence in several sacred ceremonies and cultural events. Since time immemorial, this tradition has been handed down from one generation to the other. 

Forms of Terracotta Work of Assam 

Two different communities, the 'hira' and the 'kumar' functioning in Assam specialise in clay and terracotta craftwork. Both the communities differ in their method of work. The compression method is followed by the "hiras". They focus on preparing household items and womenfolk of the community are mostly engaged in this work. The "kumar", on the other hand pursue the wheel method. They specialise in the art of pottery work. These products are initially made on the wheel that requires experienced hands. Later they are dried and then kept in the ovens or bhattis. Earthen lamps, plates, diyas, clay dolls, incense sticks holders, chains, pitchers and cups are some of the common products prepared by them. The Goalpara district of Assam is popularly known for its terracotta idols. The Kamrup district is recognised for its blooming terracotta industry. Besides this, the Asharikandi village of Dhubri district of Assam is also popular in this ethic art. Almost 80 percent of the families residing in this village are engaged in terracotta work so that the state and central government has announced this place as a 'model village. '

The terracotta craft of Assam has evolved radically with time. It has developed as a hub for crafts and cottage industries. The modern terracotta artisans not only specialise in making traditional images of gods and goddesses but also engage in producing an array of designer items like toys, dolls, vases, pots etc. These incredible craftworks stand as excellent manifestations of the ancient terracotta art of the bygone era. Local tourists as well as foreigners visit the land to have a glimpse of the art form. It has developed from a traditional craftwork to a flourishing industry. 

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Bamboo and Cane- How one is different from the other

Bamboo and cane are two species of grass that are used in day to day life for a myriad of purposes. At first glance, it may be extremely difficult to tell these two apart. Which is why discerning the difference between bamboo and cane in depth is necessary when it comes to discerning one from the other.

What is Cane?

What is usually referred to as cane belongs to the family of Poaceae and can be either of the two genera of perennial grasses with tall, flexible, woody stalks. Cane largely grows in largely riparian stands known as canebrakes and can be found in abundance in Southern and Far Western United States. Cane is also a commonly used name for a climbing or trailing plant in the palm family, primarily of the genus Calamus out of which rattan furniture is produced.

What is Bamboo?

Bamboo can be defined as a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants belonging to the subfamilyBambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae of the grass family of Poaceae of which the largest members are the giant bamboos. Known as some of the fastest growing plants in the world, bamboos are very much culturally and economically significant in Asia where it is used as a food source, building material as well as a versatile raw product out of which many products can be manufactured.

Difference between Bamboo and Cane

Both bamboo and cane belong to the grass family of Poaceae because of which their appearance seems quite similar. However, there are several distinct characteristics to both these species that can be used to set them apart.
• Bamboo belongs to the subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae of the grass family of Poaceae. Cane can be either of the two genera of perennial grasses of the family Poaceae.
• In general use, the word cane is also used for rattan a climbing or trailing plant in the palm family, primarily of the genus Calamus.
• Cane is a flexible material that is often used for a myriad of purposes such as the making of walking sticks, crutches as well as for weaving into baskets, boats, etc. bamboo is more brittle than cane and can only be used as flooring and roofing material. Bamboo cannot be weaved.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Japi made of bamboo- The ethnic identity of Assam

Bamboo and leaf headgear is the most indispensable item of the open air workers. Such ordinary headgears are produced throughout the State. ‘Chhatas’ on commercial basis are largely produced in some villages (e. g. Rangpur, Chinipatan, etc.) of Cachar district and supplied mainly to neighboring tea-gardens and some parts of Nowgong district. The products are generally carried on shoulder loads to the nearby ‘hats’ and sold to consumers in retail or to middlemen in bulk.

Many varieties of ‘Japis’ such as ‘halua japi’, ‘pitha japi’, ‘sorudoiya japi’, ‘bordoiya japi’, ‘cap japi’, etc. are produced in the districts of Kamrup, Nowgong, Darrang, Sibsagar and Lakhimpur. Nalbari and its neighbouring villages (such as Kamarkuchi, Mughkuchi, etc.) of Kamrup district deserve special mention in respect of manufacturing of ‘fulam japis’ (decorated bamboo umbrellas). In olden days, this particular type of ‘japis’ served as headgears for the females of noble and rich families, but now it has become outdated. Productions of ‘fulam japis’ are now only intended to serve as items of drawing-room decorations.

 This traditional headgear (japi) is made of strips of bamboo and a special kind of dried palm leaves locally known as ‘tokow-pat’. The manufacture of ordinary ‘japi’ does not require any special skill. First of all, the selected bamboos are split into small strips of required sizes. Then the strips are woven in open hexagonal design into a circular disc with a dome in the centre for the head to fit in, putting a few dried ‘tokow’ leaves (previously cut into required sizes) in between two such discs and finally sewing them securely with yarn and fine strands of cane. Thus, the manufacture of ordinary ‘japi’ is completed.

A japi is more advantageous to the cultivators and other open air workers than the conventional umbrella, because the cultivator after putting it on can tie the strings around his chin leaving his hands free to work in any position-standing, squatting or stooping. ‘Japi’ can also be called a poor man’s umbrella, because of its cheap price.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Fishing with bamboo products in Assamese society

There are various kinds of fishing contraptions prepared out of cane and bamboo in different parts of the state. A brief description of some of the fishing implements widely used like polo, Jakai, Khalai, Dori, Chepa, Paran, Jhuti, Hogra, etc. is given below:

Polo- It resembles the shape of a dome with short stem of about 6" diameter open at the top. The diameter at the bottom varies from 2 ft-3½ ft. and even upto 4 ft. and the height varies from 2 ft. to 3 ft. It is prepared out of small bamboo strips fastened with fine and flexible cane slips. Polo is used for fishing in shallow water. The man who uses it hold it by the side of the stem, presses its rim on the mud, then pulls it back and lifts above or up to the level of water and again presses it as before while moving on through water. Whenever any fish is caught, he puts his hand inside through the stem to catch hold of the fish; julki is a small polo prepared in the same fashion.

Jakai- The ‘jakai’ is a species of wicker work shovel that is either dragged along the bottom or placed on the water bed to catch the small fishes which take refuge in it when the weed is trampled. It is prepared with bamboo slips, which are locally known as ‘dai’. ‘Jati’ bamboo is specially used for making this particular implement.

Khalai - The ‘khalai’ is also prepared with bamboo strips. The strips required for the weft are very long, while those for the warp are short. The ‘khalai’ is woven in the shape of an earthen ‘kalasi’ or pitcher. This is used for temporary keeping of fishes during hand-net fishing.

Chepa- The Chepa is made of some prepared bamboo rods according to required size. These are woven in a roundish fashion with jute string or soft cane slips. A bamboo-made valve locally known as ‘par’ (Bengali) and ‘kal’ (Assamese) is fitted in the middle of the chepa to allow the fishes to enter inside with no scope for going out.

Dori- Fishermen in the rural areas of the state manufacture dories of various types. A ‘dori’ is generally rectangular. It is prepared out of small bamboo strips woven with flexible cane slips. A trap is fitted with a ‘dori’ in such a way that a bamboo-made screen is prolonged inwards from either side of the oval mouth and the pointed splints of the two sides interlock together.

Parans- These are various cages or basket traps made of bamboo splits used for catching fishes. There are two kinds of ‘parans’, namely (i) ‘uba paran’ (vertical cage) and (ii) ‘pora paran’ (horizontal cage). These are provided with one or two valves or trap doors through which fishes can be easily trapped.

All these implements mentioned above are generally used in catching fishes in shallow water. Apart from these contrivances, there are some other implements made of bamboo and cane and are used for catching fishes in deep waters. These are locally known as gui, jhuti, dingaru, thupa, hogra, etc.   

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

History of Bamboo and Cane Culture in Assam

Assam is rich in sylvan resources and most of its forests are richly stocked with bamboos and canes of various species. Bamboo is a raw material of great versatility and forms an integral part of the lifestyle and economy of Assam. Special mention may however be made of the forests of Mizo Hills, Cachar, Mikir and North Cachar Hills, Nowgong and Lakhimpur districts. While touring in the hill districts, one sometimes wonders at the vast expanses of bamboos and canes. The important species of bamboos of economic value are the Muli (Melocanna bambusoides), Dalu (Teinostachyum dalloa), Khang (Dendrocalmus longispatnus), Kaligoda (Oxytenanthera nigrociliata) and Pecha (Dendrocalamus Hamilton-ii). The Muli and the Dalu have great commercial importance, the former for pulping, constructional and fencing purposes, and the latter for the mat and basket industry.

The making of bamboo and cane products is perhaps the most universal of all the crafts practiced by a large number of artisans scattered throughout the State. It is practiced as a household industry and no mechanical device is used. Cane and bamboo products are used for a wide range of purposes and extensively used in every household.

This industry has carved for itself an important place among the handicrafts of the State. It provides part time employment to the cultivators in their spare time, and full time employment to the few highly skilled artisans who produce only fine decorative baskets, furniture and mats on a commercial basis.

History and Origin

No definite records are available to establish the antiquity, history and origin of this craft in Assam. However, it can be safely assumed that the craft was practiced since the misty past with the very dawn of civilization. In the early period in Assam, bamboo was held with special reference and is forbidden to cut in “auspicious days”. It is a general belief that bamboo possesses auspicious character and is of religious significance.

An idea about the flourishing state of cane and bamboo products of Assam was fond even during the time of Bhaskara Varman (early part of the 7th century A.D.), the king of Assam, may be had from the following extract. (An extract from “The History of Civilization of the People of Assam” by Dr P.C. Chouudhury.)

“Early literature refers to the well-decorated and coloured sital patis (cool mats) used by the rich people. Mats were usually made of cane. The classical writers testify the abundance of cane in the forests of Assam. Ptolemy, for instance, states that to the east of Serica, which we have identified with Assam, there were hills and marshes where canes were grown and used as bridges. Evidence of the production of other cane articles is also supplied by the ‘Harshacharita’, which mentions stools of cane. The cultivation of bamboo and its use for various purposes are well known. Bana again testifies to this highly developed craft. He states that Bhaskara sent to Harsha ‘baskets of variously coloured reeds’, ‘thick bamboo tubes’ and various birds in ‘bamboo cages’. All these prove that various industrial arts were developed in Assam at an early period and were continued to be practiced till recent times, based on that traditions like those of the craftsmen of other parts of India…”

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Advantages of Cane Furniture And Its Maintenance Tips

Cane furniture which is also known as Rattan furniture or wicker furniture is basically made of the stems of the rattan plant. Cane is the raw material of the rattan plant and it is tensile and durable. It is therefore considered to be ideal for both indoor and outdoor furniture. As it is quite versatile, it can be designed according to modern trends and styles to enhance both indoor and outdoor decor.

Benefits of Cane Furniture:
There are many reasons why most people prefer to own cane or rattan furniture. Some of the most obvious reasons are mentioned below:

Cost effective: Compared to other types of wooden and metal furniture, it is priced at lower rates. As it is cost effective, most people choose it to decorate their homes and patios. It can also be replaced and altered often as it is priced at reasonable rates.

Resistant to the vagaries of the weather: It is mostly used in garden and patios as outdoor cane furniture as it has the immense ability to resist all types of climatic changes. It is seldom affected by climatic changes although it should be placed away from direct heat and sunlight as it might become brittle. It is also water-resistant and rustproof.

Versatile: Rattan furniture can be shaped and designed into different types of furniture. It has the power to transform the decor of a home or office space with its incomparable versatility. It can be used to make different types of furniture that can be placed in any part of the room or garden.
Light Weight: One of the greatest advantages of the rattan furniture is its light weight. It can be carried around from one place to another quite easily as it is light in weight and available in different attractive varieties.

Low maintenance: Unlike other wooden furniture which requires frequent polishing and maintenance, wicker or rattan furniture requires low maintenance. All that it requires is an occasional polishing to retain its charm and elegance.

Eco-friendly: Most people prefer to buy wicker furniture as it is environment friendly. It includes the use of natural materials which is derived from the stem of the large rattans. It is a climber palm which is found in tropical regions of Asia and Africa.

Maintenance Tips:
Although cane furniture is long lasting and tensile, proper care and maintenance can ensure a longer life period for these type of furniture. It is quite easy to care for wicker furniture as it includes simple cane weeds that are wrapped around solid furniture.

Avoid direct heat and sunlight: Excessive heat and immense sunlight can cause the cane to become brittle. If the furniture is indoor, place it away from heating vents and fire places and if it is placed in the patio move it away from direct sunlight.

Warm soapy water: It is wise to clean wicker furniture with warm soapy water and rinse it with water. Wipe away excessive water with a soft cloth. Keep it to dry for 24 hours before using it again. Use a soft brush to remove excessive dirt or mold.

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Monday, 3 August 2015

Cane and bamboo Lampshades for a beautiful looking home!

You can add glamour to your home and yet keep it simple by choosing to decorate it up with cane and bamboo made products. The bamboo made lampshades available in the market in a variety of designs, types, sizes and looks, are amazing options to get for your home and make it look stylish without spending much of your hard earned money. It is true that in certain cases a bamboo made lampshade may cost you more than that of a plastic or other material made lampshade, but then the quality of the thing and the labour put behind the making of the thing needs to be counted in that case.

The beauty of the bamboo made things, especially of the lampshades is unmatchable and one can realize it the moment the bamboo made lampshades are witnessed in person. It has been noticed that the lampshades made of bamboo are quite a common sight in the aristocratic families who believes in adding an authenticity, ethnicity and shine to their home in the simplest yet perfect way possible. They look ethnic. But adds the very glamour to the household that leaves one with ample reasons for getting the beautiful cane made lampshades for the living room, for the veranda, the study room and also for the bedroom.

As the making of a bamboo lampshade takes some time, a skilled hand and some labour, the costs of these lampshades are generally pricey and that varies basing on the size and the complexity of designs found in these. Other than that, a bamboo lampshade is as good, durable and easy to clean as that of a lampshade made of other materials like that of fabric, plastic or other transparent materials. 

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Decorating Your Living Room with Cane Furniture

Cane furniture is used, both indoors and outdoors, all over the world. It is particularly used as conservatory furniture in places of learning and in green houses, patios and on beaches. The furniture can be painted in different, attractive colors or varnished to give it the natural look. Cane is an ideal material for making baskets, mats, wall hangings and a wide variety of furniture items. It is light in weight, flexible enough to bend and shape according to the needs of the design and, at the same time, it is strong and cost effective.

Cane plantations can be found in many parts of the world. The availability and price of cane is, therefore, never an issue. It is not a kind of material in itself, but an overall classification of furniture made out of various materials, including rattan, willow, bamboo and reed, apart from cane. When we talk of cane furniture, we mean furniture made out of cane, which is bent and shaped by the craftsman to make it attractive, comfortable and practical.

Cane Wicker Furniture Set, Antique Lamp, and Wooden Floors for Cozy Living Room Design

Amazing Living Room Decoration with Cane Chairs, Rug, Glass Coffee Table, Hardwood Floors, and Plants in Vase

Beautiful Living Room Interior Design with Cane Furniture Set, Plant, and Amazing Flooring

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Fancy products made of bamboo

Bamboo is one that material which is not only widely used in Assam these days, but across the world as the things made from bamboo are loved and preferred worldwide irrespective of the differences in the economical classes. This is because it is one that raw material the things made of which is not so costly. As a great variety of showpieces can be carved out from bamboo and used for decorating the household, nobody says no to this eco-friendly product.

If some of the fancy items made of bamboo are to be named then it is the bamboo made fans that are quite popular among people and are available in a great variety of colourful designs. It is not only in the rural households of Assam, but in other urban towns of the country and in other Asian countries that hand-held bamboo fans are quite popular and people find it pretty easy and convenient to carry to anywhere and escape from the wrath of hot summer days. There are folding bamboo fans as well that are being adorned with beautiful fabrics and embroidered works too are done on these to make these look good. The folding fans are easier to carry and take less space in the bag. 

Some other fancy items made of bamboo by expert hands include bamboo boxes in small and big sizes, chairs, sofa sets, teapots, baskets, hand bags, etc. Some people, who keeps a hobby of collecting bamboo goods in their homes, even uses bamboo made dining table and side tables as well which looks pretty elegant and throws an ethnic vibration.

There are other decorative items like bamboo toys, models of ships and boats, wall hangings, etc., many such things that can be made from bamboo and given many colours to suit the decoration of the place and the theme. 

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Bamboo baskets and its wide usage

Home decoration good are available in a variety of materials, there is no doubt about that, but the aura and the charm added to the atmosphere with the use of the bamboo made goods is simply different and ethnic. The good grace of the traditional Indian houses can be added just at very ease and very perfectly by choosing to adorn the house with bamboo made showpieces and other furniture.   

There are great varieties in the things to decorate made of bamboo and these can be bought at selected places made by expert hands for years. Among the wide varieties of bamboo made goods, the bamboo baskets are one of the worth naming products. Right from storing food grains in the kitchen, in the store room to decorating these in the living room, the bamboo baskets are found in a number of designs and sizes. With the advancement in the designs and processes of making bamboo baskets, such baskets are also found these days that are easy to be carried while travelling to places. Also, for the great decorative work done on the basket with the use of multicoloured threads, clothes and paints, these use to look exceptional and pretty appealing. 

The bamboo baskets have been used in the Assamese households since time immemorial and are widely used for storing and carrying goods. There was and still in some parts of Assam, a tradition of gifting the newlywed daughter with bamboo baskets for her use in the house of her in-laws.

Other than keeping things of household use, the bamboo baskets are good for keeping clothes as well, because these uses to be quite well ventilating storing options and the contents in the basket too remains in good state for long.

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Uses for Bamboo in Sustainable Building

When you’re considering potential building materials for home construction as a society we tend to focus on two or three commonly utilized and widely accepted building materials: wood, stone or concrete. What you may not realize is that bamboo solutions can be used for much more than just food, musical instruments, medicine, paper and textiles. Uses for bamboo can also include building construction, both in exterior and interior design elements.

Widely used in Asian, Pacific Islander and Central and Southern American cultures, bamboo is a sustainable and sturdy building material. Unlike wood, bamboo (a member of the grass family) regenerates very quickly. It is, in-fact, one of the fastest growing plants in the world, with the fastest growth rate reaching 100cm in a 24-hr period.

There are also a number of other benefits to choosing bamboo solutions over wood including:

Strength and Durability: Bamboo is heartier than oak and stronger than steel. It is flexible and lightweight, and is water-resistant, minimizing the risk for warping and

Affordability: It is easily grown and harvested, making it one of the most cost effective construction materials available.

A minor setback to implementing the use of bamboo in construction projects arises due to the locations where bamboo flourishes the heartiest. Bamboo thrives in the tropical regions of the world, which can raise prices due to importing costs.  Although farmers are capable of growing bamboo in nearly every climate, creating and maintaining a viable bamboo source requires copying an environment that will allow this sustainable building source to grow and thrive year-round. 

As Popular Mechanics writer, Harry Sawyers explains:
“Bamboo has come into vogue as a green, sustainable resource that’s used for everything from cutting boards to clothing to wood floors. But until now, almost all of the bamboo in products sold here has come from overseas. That could change soon, as new planting techniques may lead to millions of new acres of bamboo shoots in the American South.” Some wonder if a plant like bamboo can revitalize farmland on the Mississippi Delta.”

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Bamboo is actually a tropical grass, with an extensive root system that sends out an average of four to six new shoots per year, naturally replenishing itself and growing to heights of 50 feet or more. Some bamboo species grow up to 4 feet per day and can be harvested every 3 to 4 years. As a result, bamboo is one of nature's most sustainable resources since it is naturally regenerative.

Bamboo is a plentiful, renewable natural product with many remarkable characteristics, such as:

• Softness - Softer than the softest cotton, Bamboo fabric has a natural sheen to the surface and feels similar to silk or cashmere.

• Comfortable - Bamboo fabric absorbs water 3-4 times better than cotton, keeping skin comfortable, rather than sticky, in hot weather. The fabrics stay 2-3 degrees cooler in hot temperatures and warmer in cold temperatures. Bamboo apparel is thermal regulating, anti-fungal, anti-static and will keep you cooler, drier, warmer and odor free.

• Appearance - Bamboo looks like expensive Pima or Egyptian cotton and drapes like silk. It has less shrinkage than cotton and does not pill. It has been described as feeling like pure cashmere.

• Protective and Hygienic - Unlike other anti-microbial fabrics, which require a chemical treatment, organic Bamboo fiber clothing is naturally anti-microbial requiring no added harmful chemicals. It contains an agent, "bamboo kun", that prevents bacteria from cultivating on it.

• UV Protection - Bamboo fiber fabrics have natural UV protection. There have been tests where companies have sent out 100% bamboo clothing to research laboratories for UV protection testing. The UPF label rate is 15. The fabric scored 18.3 on the UPF scale with 94.15% UVA block and 93.17% UVB block.

* The UPF system was created especially for sun protective fabrics. UPF measurements of fabrics are generally tested by spectrophotometer equipment and are not tested using human subjects. The UPF rate indicates how much of the sun's UV radiation is absorbed by the fabric. The advantage of the UPF standard is that both UVB and UVA are measured.

• Natural and Chemical-Free – Bamboo is grown without using pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Bamboo fiber is 100% biodegradable.

The many uses and benefits of bamboo continue to increase as individuals turn to organic, eco-friendly products. One area seeing tremendous growth is bamboo baby clothing. Parents are realizing the benefits of organic products to both their baby’s health and to the environment, and bamboo baby clothes are an ideal fit.

Bamboo is perfect next to babies delicate skin because it is naturally hypoallergenic, and anti-bacterial, preventing odor, allergies and skin irritations. In addition, it is thermal regulating, which is important since babies have a hard time regulating body temperature when first born. With all the positive benefits to your baby and the environment, why wouldn’t a parent be excited about this great new product line?

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