Mats  of Assam

Mats of Assam

Bamboo is a long established craft of Assam evolved through centuries of cultural and functional needs. The indigenously grown bamboo is found in abundance in the hills of north east and is found to be a major industry of Assam. Apart from its use in making daily products like fish traps, winnowing fans, sieves, rain shields, low stools and hand fans etc the Muli bamboo is split into half through its cross section to provide two layers. Such layers are either used for making walls and floors of the houses. The outer layer which is stronger is used for creating the outside walls of the houses while inner soft layer is used to make partitions inside the house. The craft of making bamboo mats with splitting process provides employment to many artisans in Assam. The bamboo mats are very popular in the cities like Kolkata, Guwahati and Agartala.

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