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Tshazo: Bamboo and cane crafts

Throughout Bhutan, cane and bamboo products have always complemented wood as the most commonly used domestic items. Cane and bamboo were made into storage containers, baskets for carrying, food utensils, musical instruments, bows and arrows, walls for houses, fences, ropes and floor mats. Bamboo is one of the most commonly used raw materials and it also represents the most widespread skill in the traditional cottage industry.

 

Many utensils for daily use are made by the farmers and rangers themselves. Objects with intricately woven patterns or difficult shapes are made by specialists.

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Most bamboo and cane weavers come from the region of Kheng, in south-central Bhutan.


Bangcung, bamboo; H: 11,5 cm, diameter 34 cm; loan from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Wien
In baskets called »bangcung«, cooked food is taken to the fields or when travelling.


Bamboo, wood, brass; size: 46 cm x 56,5 cm x 28 cm; loan from the Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich
Wealthy families keep their valuable good in boxes with padlocks.