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Dumka Bamboo Craft, Dumka, Jharkhand

Bamboo plays a major role in rural livelihoods, especially for Mohli Tribes of Dumka, Jharkhand, the tradition and practices which have been survived and preserved over many generations. There are many artisan families of “Mohli Tribes”, who worked persistently in sustaining these Han

Dumka Bamboo Craft, Dumka, Jharkhand

Bamboo plays a major role in rural livelihoods, especially for Mohli Tribes of Dumka, Jharkhand, the tradition and practices which have been survived and preserved over many generations. There are many artisan families of “Mohli Tribes”, who worked persistently in sustaining these Handicrafts.

While most of the tribe is dependent on agriculture and daily wages, the “Mohli” community of Dumka completely depends on the “Bamboo Crafts” as primary source of livelihood. The Dumka Bamboo cluster is situated in Dumka district of “Santhal Pragana” region of Jharkhand nearly 280km away from state capital Ranchi and 70 KM away from Deogarh near to some of the tourist locations like Baba Basukinath Dham, Massanjore Dam, Baba Baidyanath Dham, Trikut Pahar & Satsang Asram.  

The cluster comprises of around 1500 artisans who are mainly tribal groups and involved in full time Bamboo handicraft making. mostly women are engaged in weaving Bamboo Mat and Basketry and Men support them in collection of Raw-Material from nearby villages or Haat & in pre-processing activities. Mostly traditional basic products (Supa, Dalli, Tokri) are being sold in biweekly local markets. During festive season; Chhat Puja, Durga Puja, some master crafts man/aggregators place some order to fulfil festive demand of nearby states like Bihar and west Bengal.   

Now a days the demand of traditional products like Supa, Dali & Tokri and other traditional household utility baskets are decreasing due the change in lifestyle and availability of similar low-cost plastic products in rural areas, making the bamboo artisan households vulnerable to fulfil their basic needs. Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC) through its SDF and NABARD cofounded project “Promoting Integrated Bamboo Based Enterprise Development among SAARC countries - India component” continuously supporting artisans to enhance their skill to produce high end market oriented life style products and supports in market development and linkages.   
 

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