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Initiating a Bamboo Cluster in Rakua GP in Jharkhand (By Sriparna Ganguly)

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Initiating a Bamboo Cluster in Rakua GP in Jharkhand (By Sriparna Ganguly)

As we drove out of our hotel in Ranchi towards Ramgarh, and then onward to Gola and Rakua Gram Panchayat, we could see large clusters of Bamboo growing on either side of NH320. Bamboo forests are an incredible sight to behold. Jharkhand, a tribal dominated state, produces bamboo on a large scale.  It was exciting as we were going to meet the Rakua Bamboo artisans for the first time and flag off the first ever Bamboo Product Development Workshop done in Rakua. On a hot summer afternoon even with the temperatures soaring to over 40 degrees Celsius about 20 men and women artisans had come together for the five-day workshop at the premises of Sarswati Shishu Vidya Mandir and Residential School for the Differently Abled.  A tripartite project between Transforming Rural India Foundation, Agragati and Rangsutra Crafts India Limited, the project aims to develop a viable bamboo craft cluster which would have the potential to create sustainable livelihoods opportunities for Bamboo artisans and youth in Ramgarh district. Rangsutra will work with the artisans to upgrade their skills, give design inputs, and provide market linkages. We look forward to seeing unique designs and products from the Rakua cluster.

Gallery of visuals from the visit: 

Bamboo forests in Rakua, Jharkhand


Bamboo Forests In Rakua

Bamboo tool kit being handed over by Sumita Ghose

Bamboo tool kit being handed over to Balco Devi by Rangsutra Crafts India Ltd founder, Sumita Ghose.

Women Bamboo Artisans at the Workshop

 

Women Bamboo Artisans at the Workshop

 

Bamboo strips 'Khirki' are first made by the artisans

Bamboo strips 'Khirki' are first made by the artisans

 

Bamboo strips 'Patta' are first made by the artisans

 

Bamboo strips 'Patta' are first made by the artisans

 

First day of the PD workshop

 

First day of the PD workshop

Bamboo baskets in production

 

New products being made

 

Bamboo expert Pankaj Saroj facilitating the workshop
Bamboo expert Pankaj Saroj facilitating the workshop
Master artisan Bhuvneshwar Turi at work

 

Master artisan Bhuvneshwar Turi at work



Women artisans at the PD Workshop

 

Women artisans at the PD Workshop

 

Base of Bamboo basket

The base of the bamboo basket is made first



Body of the bamboo basket is woven


Once the structure is in place, the body is woven

 


Bamboo products made by female bamboo artisans 

 

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