Cane products entice buyers

Bamboo Mela

Around 8 stalls were provided for exhibition of bamboo products. On display and for sale were handicrafts of north-eastern states and Karnataka.

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Wallplates, pen stands, clocks, trays, hand-fan, key chains, mini baskets, different lamp shades, key holders, show pieces, flower vases, hats, accessories like hair clips. All the products were stunningly beautiful.

Any article exhibited there told stories of their crafts. Bamboos’ are usually decorated with a particular painting ‘hase chittara’ , which increase their beauty.

Cane worker

Cane worker R Chikkasiddaiah of Yalandur, Chamarajanagar, who had in his stall few of the items made out of bamboo, said, we lack the skills of making bamboo products.

Though we have ideas and materials, we are not able to give the finishing of any north eastern state. It is because of lack of technology and machinery in Karnataka.

Training has to be given by the Government for our skill development. Melas like this come and go, but cane workers are always in soup. Speeches are made, programmes are held but there is no proper implementation and follow ups.

He has in his shops items ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 350, Key chains to lampshades. he feels if many had joined hands with him in making the products, there would be much more for sale.

Chief conservator of forest NFAP and Bamboo Mission A C Keshavamurthy said, as the Bamboo Mission is just coming to light, various programmes are being implemented.

There is a state-level workshop of two days from February 28 in Bangalore by skilled Assam workers’ team, which would truely benefit our farmers.

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