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IT’S DIFFERENT: Members of the Bargunda community from Madhya Pradesh displaying the miniaturised brooms at Adilabad’s Kala Ashram.
IT’S DIFFERENT: Members of the Bargunda community from Madhya Pradesh displaying the miniaturised brooms at Adilabad’s Kala Ashram.

S. Harpal Singh

ADILABAD: For the few Bargunda community families of Dewas in Madhya Pradesh , broom making has brought in sweeping changes in their lives. These families have succeeded in manually making and marketing even the world’s smallest utilitarian broom to earn a decent livelihood.

Time, as is its wont, has rendered many traditions obsolete that included to some extent the making of brooms in the traditional way. However, to keep the dying tradition alive, Ramesh Doshi and Bahadur Gediwan among other Bargundas felt the need to adapt. They made brooms from palm leaves but in a manner that suited the needs of present times. Now one can clean even small electronic gadgets like mobile phones using a traditional broom

For mobile phones

“The size of the broom grew smaller in direct proportion to the size of the gadgetry. You can use this one inch broom for cleaning even a mobile phone instrument. We consider this the world’s smallest broom made the traditional way,” said Gediwan who is here along with Ramesh Doshi and his wife Ram Kunwarbai to participate in the Ugadi Mitra Milan at Kala Ashram.

Brooms are being made in different sizes by the Bargundas not only to suit the needs of sweeping and cleaning but those which can also be used for ornamentation. The brush part of these brooms has finely stranded leaves tied together . The nylon thread used for tying up the strands will soon be replaced with something environment friendly.

Fit in matchboxes

“We have made brooms that are used to clean small temples in homes. The smallest ones, eight of which fit in just one matchbox are also used as key chains, pendants and are also stuck on handbags. There is a good market for our products in the North,” claimed Ramesh Doshi who also sells his products through exhibitions and expos.

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