Bamboo products from Asia

Both in Japan and in Laos, I have encountered some beautiful bamboo crafts. There are over 10000 different species of bamboo in the world and they are known for its fast growth.

In Japan, there is a traditional craft of bamboo baskets for agriculture, for fishing industry, for drying dishes, as a Bento box etc. in various regions. 

When I lived in Laos, I visited a village where many people had made bamboo baskets for a living. It was amazing to see how quickly and easily they split the bamboo and made them into beautiful baskets.

Lao people use small bamboo baskets to carry sticky rice to bring as lunch or to keep them for later. They also use them as furniture, tools, housing, paper to name a few.   

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