No place, no melas offered to cane craft workers!

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Mar 2017 11:07:07


By Arun Kumar,

Woman craft worker Vaishali said, the cane is purchased unripe so it can be bent easily. There are some techniques to bend and give shape to it

These days, there are about five to seven cane crafts workers, who might be seen on the roadside from Subhash Chowk to Bittan Market facing numerious problems. There are not only the men rather a woman craft worker is also, say there is no place allotted by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the last about 20 years, where they can make cane crafts and sell it.


People see them making cane crafts, ask questions many times, why they make on road have they no proper place to do this job. One more grouse of these crafts workers is that neither the BMC allots them a space despite asking them several times nor the Madhya Pradesh Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation has ever given them any chance to display and sale their cane crafts.


Vaishali, a young cane crafts worker said, she called cane from Ratlam. It is not easily available in city. Main centre of cane producing is Assam from where the Delhi traders purchase in bulk and sell to cane crafts workers in other states, she said.
She said, it was durable compared to the bamboo, so those who know about it purchase it.


Karan who was also working as cane crafts worker, said people mostly preferred swings and garden chairs, it does not damage easily, it’s life is more than other chairs. Secondly, it looks good so those have garden or some space before their house purchase these chairs. Not only chairs , swings rather the table, decorative items, lamp, magazine and news paper stand like number of things are made from the cane.


Vaishali said, the cane is purchased unripe so it can be bent easily. There are some techniques to bend and give shape to it. “In a day only one item can be made, as it takes some time, it needs hard work and many times the knife used in making cane crafts give little injuries but now it is routine work, she said.