Rich Honey Colored Wicker Rattan Picnic Basket
Bamboo craft, Assam

Rs. 1,150.00

Rich honey colored wicker picnic basket with rigid handle and dual flaps. The basket has a tight weave and is very sturdy. The two flaps open outward. The hinges are made of looped heavy wire, and the handle is firmly attached.

Use it to carry your linens, paper and plastic goods, chips and breads to your next outdoor celebration; use for storage in the farmhouse kitchen; and for organizing craft supplies in the studio, such as for knitting, sewing, etc. Very versatile.

Cane/Rattan and bamboo are the two most commonly-used materials in daily life in Assam. Products ranging from household implements to construction of dwelling houses to weaving accessories to musical instruments are made in bamboo. No mechanical devices are used in the craft, which is mainly a household industry.

The whole stem of cane and bamboo is cut with a hacksaw and split longitudinally into various sizes by a billhook.The cane is heated on a slow fire, generally with a kerosene lamp for flexibility.The objects can be made in two different forms: coiling for baskets; and weaving for mats.In coiled basketry, foundation of the basket is built first by coiling a cane round a central core.It is built up spirally and gradually the width is increased until desired height is attained.The coils are joined together by sewing strips which can be attached in two ways: each stitch passed over the new portion of the foundation coil.Figure of eight is made i.e., the stitch passes behind up, over and under the preceding coil and right over the new coil.Thus coil material is sewn with the strips and a basket is made.The ornamentation of the baskets can be done with attaining lace, paper and shells.

Heritage
Bamboo craft, Assam
Weight
6550 g

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