Just like a shovel needs to have a handle, in the Jakoi two thick and sturdy bamboo strips act as a handle often called the Bao in the local language. The bamboo strips have to be processed before they are bent. For this purpose we use the colocasia leaves . The leaves are tied at two points of the bamboo strips, leaving equal space at both the ends and then burnt on the fire.
The moisture content in the leaves makes the bamboo points malleable and prevents the bamboo from breakage when the bending takes place. Here, we insert the shorter side of the toli between them and tie them with thin cane strips. The two corners of the ‘Toli’ will also be inserted between the bamboo strips by bending slowly and simultaneously tied together with a cane strip.