Gujarat is very famous for handicrafts, one among them is ‘Chick mat making’. A glimpse of West Indian handicrafts helps us to realize that West India is filled with the large number of talented people who are well versed in artistic works. These crafts are not only known to people of India but also it is famous all over the globe.
Chick mat making looks simple, but it takes lot of practice and hard work to gain the expertise. The whole of the family members get involved themselves in the process of making chick mat. The craftsmen begin the process by taking the customer’s order. The measurements of the windows and doors are taken. Initially the first outer layer of bamboo is peeled with the help of a knife. Then they are cut by the saw tool according to the measurements. Bamboo is made into two equal pieces vertically, later it is sliced into sleek pieces through the help of the sickle. The wooden stick is tapped on the sickle with a force, to slice the bamboo.
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