"People who live in houses built on piles eat sticky rice, and listen to the music of the khene (a bamboo instrument) are surely Lao." - A Lao saying
Illustrating how well integrated, cane and bamboo, are into every aspect of the life of a Lao. Like all countries, in the South East Asian region, the use of cane and bamboo is extensive - both as a food plant and material for a variety of objects, ranging from the knife that cuts the umbilical cord, to small traps and tools, mats and baskets, to making musical instruments, to various means of transportation and construction of houses and small buildings.
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