Coppices of bamboo trees envelop Madhya Pradesh and are extensively used by tribal people of the state, to give shape to various articles. Utility and ornamental objects deftly whittled from bamboo and cane, by people belonging to the Baiga, Gond, and Korku tribal communities of the region, are very popular. They skillfully amalgam their traditional knowledge and expertise of bamboo work with various contemporary designs.
Chances are when you visit MP you’ll actually find ‘the house with the bamboo door’. Bamboo thickets are a common sight in the state and the tribals are experts at putting it to use. Crafting bamboo articles for daily as well as decorative use is a popular pastime of the Gond, Baiga, Korku and Basor or Basod communities. You can buy anything from agricultural implements, fishing traps, hunting tools to baskets at local weekly markets. Apart from Chhattisgarh and Bastar, the main bamboo producing centres are Shahdol, Balaghat, Mandla and Seoni.