Leaf, Fibre & Stem
Leaf, fibre and stem of various plants are very useful raw material for the handicraft industry. Apart from creating eco-friendly utility and decorative products they provide an excellent alternative employment opportunity. Some like jute, cane and bamboo have created a niche for themselves and are used to make very useful utility products. Some of the plants whose leaf, fibre or stem are used are sedge, palm, grass, banana, cane, betel nut or areca, sisal, munj, pineapple, screwpine, bamboo, water hyacinth, coconut, fique, pandanus, chambira, hemp, lokta, buri, petiole, midrib, maguey, takpot and iraca. Parts of these plants are weaved, knitted or handcrafted to manufacture products like baskets, trays, mats, mattress, rope, textiles, carpets and floorings, sack, seat base, rugs, doormats, hats, furniture, rope, fishing rods, walking sticks, handmade paper, table mats, gift boxes, lamp shades, pack saddle for horses, mules and donkeys and for tying garlands.