The Bambusa Longisias are a kind of bamboo of the grass family. However, they are smaller and softer and don’t have the node in culm.
Like Bambo, Bambusa is considered to be one of the most sustainable ‘lignified material’ species, mostly because its growth speed is more than 10 times quicker than that of hardwood (around 5 years compared to at least 50 years). Bambu can be harvested without the need to replant, because the root system is left intact when it is harvested.
At the same time, its root structure has the ability to hold the soil in place and prevent erosion. Finally, in its natural environment, it will need no irrigation, no pesticides and no fertiliser.
Basketry is made from the skin of Bambusa.They are durable,
clean and safe materials, no need any chemical to protect them from the bacteria. This is an amazing characteristic of this material.
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After harvesting, making process starts by splitting lengthy bambu into small thin pieces. Just the outer skin of bambu is used. In case of basket weaving, each strips width 0.5-1cm. Then they are peeled and soaked in water for few minutes as it is easy to weave the baskets.
It was take 3-4 hours to finish a basketry depend on the size. The Items are Crafted in an Environment of Joy, Honor, and Respect. They are made with a heart of craftmen. No need any mold for the shape, so that every single one is one-of-a-kind. This means that every handmade item you buy is also one-of-a-kind.
I meet grandma weaving the bamboo basket in a village which is located under a bridge far from the center of the city.
She is nearly 90 years old. She weave basket when she was 14. She can remember many stories from the past. She is willing to tell you a lifetime of her job floating from Xom Chai – Can Tho to Vinh Long.
20 years ago, the people in this village weaved basket for living. However the income was not enough they had to changed to do another job. She is the only one who holds it until now, over 70 years. She loved what she did even the life sometime not easy.
Grandma is smart and skillful. She is also the image we need to keep.