There’s so much more to bamboo than toothbrushes, cutting boards and baskets. This fast-growing grass has a lot of potential, especially in places like India where bamboo is grown in abundance.
Says Suman Roddam, the Director of Bengaluru based Bamboopecker Lifestyle Crafts, “You can build an entire house with bamboo and furnish it with things made with it. The grass is that versatile.”
From cute home accessories like mobile holders and mini-speakers to multipurpose bamboo rack, bamboo can make your home look rustic and pretty while also making it super-sustainable. And now, you don’t have to wait for these products to come up in the market. Bengaluru, make them yourself in this 1-day workshop. Click here to book your slot now.
What to expect from the Bengaluru workshop:
Suman and Parameswaran K Iyer (founder and co-director of Bamboopecker respectively) have been in this industry since 2009. Over the last few years, they have conducted several workshops, teaching enthusiasts on how to make beautiful handicrafts and furnishings with bamboo.
This beginner’s workshop will be your entry into the green world of the sturdy grass species and its multiple uses for us.
You can choose to learn how to make either a rack or a speaker and phone holder in this 6-hour workshop.
“For those who have never crafted bamboo before, it would be an adventure to try it out. We are so used to working or even imagining work on a flat rectangular surface like wood that bamboo will come as a surprising challenge. But soon, you will learn that the grass is super versatile and can be shaped into many useful things,” shares Suman.
Within 6 hours, you will have your own handmade decor item(s) to take home. A team of two artisans, two support staff members and Parameswaran and Suman will talk to you about their experiences with making utilitarian things using bamboo. Following this, a brief demonstration of carpentry will be given and then you can make your own bamboo speaker, phone holder or shelf!
Excited about making this weekend count? Follow this link to know the exact location, price and book your place now!
About Bengaluru’s Bamboopecker:
Parameswaran established Bamboopecker in Bengaluru a decade ago. His fascination to revive the nearly-lost sustainable material had started in 1998 when he wanted to purchase a bamboo lampshade for a function. This simple desire had led to a long quest of going shop-to-shop, only to be disappointed.
If a simple bamboo lamp takes hours to be found, he thought, this material is hardly utilised, and in 2009, Parameswaran established Bamboopecker. Suman, an engineer by profession, had met Parameswaran in a sustainable home decor workshop and was only too glad to join the new franchise as a director.
“We make artefacts, home decor and furnishings from bamboo. But that’s not all. We have explored the strength of bamboo combined with mud in the construction business too. In recent times, jargons such as sustainability are thrown around in association with bamboo. We are here to show that it’s not just sustainable but also completely utilitarian and unbelievably versatile!” shares Suman.
In its decade of operations, bamboopecker has worked with over 100 artisans who work on a daily-wage basis and partnered with over 500 artisans across the country who craft different items according to the demands.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)