In India, bamboo plays a major role in rural livelihoods especially for Mohli Tribes of Jharkhand. Bamboo is a fast growing plant. It is a natural renewable resource that grows twice as fast as a tree and matures within an average span of 3 years. When harvested, it need not be replanted, because it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system. Certain species can grow up to 1 meter per day. Jharkhand is home to some unique bamboo craft traditions which have survived and has been preserved over many generations. There are many artisan families of “Mohli Tribes”, who work relentlessly in sustaining these handicrafts.

Lakhanpur is a tribal populated village located in Jama block of Dumka district situated at a distance of 20 km away from the district headquarters. 22 Households of Lakhanpur village practise the traditional bamboo craft as a primary source of livelihood.

Mostly women are engaged in weaving and men participate in the collection of raw-material from nearby villages and pre-processing activities. Traditional products are sold in the weekly village markets. The order for the products significantly increases during traditional festival seasons.

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