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Leading the legacyMedara Keri, moving on the lines of modernity calls itself as Medara block today. It is just a few steps walk from the Nanjangud Temple, adjacent to the highway that connects Chamarajanagar and Mysore. The area houses around 100 families that have 300 active hands and are into traditional basket weaving. Bamboo is made into exquisite products in the hands of these skilled artisans every day. Fish traps, baskets and ladders are just some of the marvels.

“Not many of us know any other skill other than basket weaving. We have been doing this since our birth” says Eeranna who is in his seventies now. There are several such families whose days start with bamboos and winds up with it. Women, children and at least four to five members in a family show expertise in the art.

Lakshmavva is happy doing this work. She weaves at least three to four baskets every day. We get bamboo from the wholesale distributors who bring them from Virajpet and Madikeri. The government which was earlier supplying us the bamboo is unable to provide us with good quality now.

There is no dearth of skilled people here. There has been an ever growing increase in the number of artisans. “Education and modernity pose no threat to the art. Many with a good education are right in the field”, says Rangaswamy, another traditional weaver. He would like to get his son as well into the field, but his wife shows reluctance. She rather wants his son to have a regular job. 

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