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Artisans from Bhutan want to flourish bamboo furniture trade
Artisans from Bhutan want to flourish bamboo furniture trade

Agartala, June 11 (TIWN): A 37-year old Bhutanese woman, who has completed one and half months training at Bamboo and Cane Development Institute (BCDI), Lichu Bangan, is eagerly waiting to go home- Bumthang, some 300 km from Thimpu, capital of Bhutan.

“I have come here to get training on bamboo furniture keeping my family- three sons, one daughter and husband at home far away. Here, I have learnt a lot- from chemical preservation of bamboo to use of jigs to fixture for being and moulding of bamboo and various techniques to handle machines and design”, Karmanwarngmo said at BCDI office here today.

Tomorrow, I am going to home since I have successfully completed my training at BCDI office under the guidance of master trainers and others. “I am going to float bamboo made furniture making business which has tremendous demanding in Bhutan. The knowledge- both in the form of design and technique which I have gained here will certainly help me to flourish my trade back home”, she said.

Baleman Rai, a resident of Thimpu wants to take up the new job- making bamboo made furniture alongside his old profession- carpenter.

“At BCDI, we have made various furnitures like bench chair, folding chair, sofa set centre table, tea tables and chairs under the guidance of guidance of consultant Manoj Kumar Ghosh and others. Of course, I will apply the knowledge which I got here back home”, he said.

He said bamboo made furnitures have good demand in Bhutan where the tradition comes first even in the 21st century. “Bamboo made furnitures available in Bhutan are being imported from Assam. Now, we want to break the jinx”, he said.

Since the Royal Government of Bhutan has been focusing on utilizing its bamboo resources by way of value addition, it has send a 14-member team to undergo training at BCDI, Lichu Bagan, said Abhinav Kant, the In-charge of the institute.

“We have shared all of our resources and knowledge with Bhutanese trainees and hopefully they will do better in the field of bamboo made furniture”, he added.

Earlier, a group of trainees from Zimbabwe underwent training at BCDI, Lichu Bagan and went back to home with smile. Another batch is coming here from an African nation- Ethiopia as part of craft exchange programme next month.   

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