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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