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The thick bamboo poles come from Assam in North East India. The outer green skin is shaved off and the bamboo is then split into fine strips. The chik-maker judges how many he or she needs to make up to the required length or ‘drop’.

The strings which make the patterns and bind the bamboo strips together are wound onto stones or terracotta weights.

The women who make the designs are highly skilled in the craft. Sitting on the floor in front of a long heavy bamboo pole, they begin by laying down one bamboo strip at a time, throwing the paired weights in sequence to wrap the strings around the strip, thus creating the pattern. The geometric designs so formed are known as ‘jaalis’. 

The chiks are edged with woven tape and finished with a pulley and rope for rolling up and down.





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