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Bamboo as the fastest growing biomass is ecofriendly and a future material
for designers. Bamboo craft with its unique traditions opens up new possibilities
in 'design expression' with woven forms. India has 13 million Bamboo Craft
persons all over the country with ranging skills. Most of them earn very
little from the practice of craft, often abandoning the profession. There
is vast scope of 'reposition' bamboo craft by 'design' to reach urban
and export markets thereby increasing the earnings of village craft persons.
Bamboo Studio intends to nurture the bamboo craft to create new products
made of craft with industrial discipline and appropriate technologies.
Skilled craft persons from Tripura and Mumbai are working continuous in
developing new craft products with a team of 'designers' and design students
at Bamboo Studio.
UNDP Project on 'Tools, Technologies and Finishes for Bamboo':
Under a UNDP sponsored project through Ministry of Textiles, Government
of India, a Tool kit with 33 items and 4 Hand operated Machines were designed
and developed by a team of designers and engineers lead by Prof. A.G.
Rao. Tool Kits and Small Machines were brought into production with several
field trials and feed back. The tools in the tool kit cover various operations
in bamboo craft from cutting of bamboo to final finishing.
Two manufacturers - Lamicraft Enterprises and Kadirus manufacture the
tool kit and small machines under license from Bamboo Studio, IDC, IIT
Several Natural dye finishes for Bamboo were also developed under the
above project. Manuals for the coloring as well as operation of tools
and machines were also brought out as part of the projects.
A concept of Micro Common Facility Centers was propagated involving transfer
of 'Design' along with tools and technologies.
KVI Project on Mini Bamboo Clusters:
Currently Bamboo Studio is executing a project from Khadi and Village Industries
to establish 12 Mini Bambo0o Clusters all over the country. Under the
scheme a potential village of 'Bamboo Craft' affiliated an N.G.O. is selected.
New Designs along with Training to make them are imparted. Tools, Machines,
Moulds to the group and Mini tool kit to 25 individual craft persons are
given under the scheme. 6 such work shops in Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Assam
and Manipur have been conducted so far.
For additional information, Write to
Prof A G Rao
Bamboo Studio-Project Co-ordinator
Facilities > Bambu Studio at IDC