The bamboo is cut into thin strips and fiber is peeled to get smoother surface
Women artisans engaged in selecting good quality of bamboo poles
Senior artisan cutting and splitting the bamboo
The strips of bamboo are soaked in water to retain moisture and to get flexibility while weaving
Bamboo strips are arranged to make the base
Weft strip is weaved in zigzag pattern
Women are mostly involved in this craft
For big baskets, thick bamboo strips are used for toughness
Bamboo strips are joined one after another for the continuity of weaving
Thick bamboo stick is used for the border and interlocked with bamboo strips
Bamboo baskets of different sizes and shapes
Thick cane poles are used to lock the borders of products for durability of products
Bamboo craft is practiced in many places of Uttarakhand due to abundant availability of rich quality and variety of species of bamboo in local forest. Among the species of bamboo Ringal is one of the bamboo species. The farmers fetch the ringal bamboo from the forest in October to November and weave the baskets in the winter when there is not much work in fields. The whole bamboo is split into small strips as per the product to be made. The excess fibre of bamboo splits are removed before weaving the basket. Artisan makes sure to split the bamboo in different widths for warp and weft.
The thick wide strips are first placed to make the base. Thin strips are weaved by overlapping the base strips. Once the base is formed, the side walls are increased by adding the additional bamboo strips. Once the weave is attained required height, the rim is sandwiched with two thick bamboo splits to interlock the border. Artisan scholarly weaves the basket to obtain dark and lighter contrast on the outer surface of the product by selecting and inserting darker and lighter shades of bamboo splits. The finished baskets are mainly used for storing grains and supplements and carrying purposes. Some baskets are ornamented with plain weaves. Ringal Bamboo products are tough and durable.
More details at: http://www.dsource.in/resource/ringaal-basketry/index.html