Series of Workshops with Bamboo Craft Communities

Series of Workshops with Bamboo Craft Communities

Client: Tripura Bamboo Mission, Tripura | Tripura, India| 2009-2012

In a span of three years, Siddhartha has conducted with over 100 craftspeople who work with bamboo, central to their existence, in this remote and much-ignored part of India. The goal of the Design and Product Development was to develop a range of high-end bamboo products with the artisans in Tripura. The range of utilitarian products designed and created at the workshops so far include furniture, accessories, containers and lights. Some of the products have been displayed at 100% Design 2009, London, by the British Council and featured in Monocle magazine, UK, in 2010 as one of the 30 products to buy from across the world.

The project was implemented in Partnership between AIACA and IL&FS/ Tripura Bamboo Mission.

Techniques
Four main kind of techniques were employed to make the products:
1. Bent products made by the craftspeople who are adept at working on furniture from Katlamara.
2. Turned products made on the simple table-mounted lathe machine.
3. Carved products made largely by limited skilled craftspeople.
4. Basketry products made from split bamboo largely by craftspeople from Nalchar.