Leaf, Fibre & Stem

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.

The Betel Nut or Areca Catechu carving is an ancient craft form and was originally practised in Jaipur(Rajasthan). It has been mentioned in the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1888. This craft...
The trunk of the Banana tree when treated properly gives this fine natural fibre. This craft of Banana fibre is slowly gaining in popularity and is predominantly found in the southern distric of...
It is believed that the craft emerged during the construction of temples and converted into hereditary craft for some families. Raghurajpura is famous for the artists belonging to this craft. Great...
Fertile land produces attractive items made out of dry cane. Locally they are called sarkanda. These cane strips are dried out completely and then twisted to form designs. Very handy and durable...
Barkas in Hyderabad has lot of artisans working on the date palm leaf craft. These artists make beautiful bags and baskets and many more items. The same craft is also practiced at Nidadavolu in West...
Munj is a wildly grown pale colored grass. Crafts men involved in this craft design multipurpose articles like baskets for storing clothes, dry food items, chapattis etc. The articles made are...
Sisal fibre products are in high demand because they are tougher than jute and are crafted into eye-catching and colourful bags and mats.These items last long and don?t require any kind of special...
Several products are made out of the different parts of the palm trees in North and South Arcot, Salem, Thiruchirapalli, and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu which include baskets in various patterns from...
Ornaments and necklaces made of fine strips of cane and grass are popular with the hill tribes in the area. The indigenous jewellery made from forest-based products involves very intricate work and...
Sikki, the golden grass of Bihar, is found growing in the wet and marshy area of Madhubani district. Traditionally --- and till today --- sikki grass products are made by the women of the household...
Mats made with kora / sedge grass are extremely delicate and highly valued. Kora grass is found in abundance along the banks of the rivers and in marshy areas in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The process of...