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What to shop for on World Bamboo Day 2019


Reusable kitchen towels and T-shirts to edibles and dinner sets. A guide to what’s new with the golden grass


Design. Food. Craft. Textiles. The fastest growing grass in the world is also finding newer uses with every passing year. Most recently, Malaysian designers Warith Zaki and Amir Amzar envisioned settlements on Mars crafted with bamboo. Not surprising, considering it can withstand extreme instabilities in temperature. Bengaluru-based designer Sandeep Sangaru, known for his exquisite bamboo furniture, believes the grass can be compared to any other man-made material owing to its versatility and mechanical properties. “From architectural components at airports to simple toothbrushes and straws, bamboo is everywhere. India has the second largest resource next to China and if we can manage to innovate and deliver in a constructive way, the growth opportunities are endless,” says Sangaru, who is now working with artisans in the Sichuan province to develop lighting fixtures and other artefacts.

On the tenth edition of World Bamboo Day — established at the eighth World Bamboo Congress in 2009 — we look at how the versatile grass finds a place in everyday products.

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