The locals from Kyaukse township in Mandalay are earning family income from the bamboo wall weaving industry, said U Myint Swe, a bamboo wall weaver from Ye Su Ward in Kyaukse town- ship.
There are many varieties of bamboo species. The local people are using only one kind of bamboo specie named “TinWah” to weave the bamboo wall. The people need to use ten bamboo poles to weave the normal bamboo wall, which is four feet in width and 10 feet in length. The bamboo wall makers are spending K 6,500 to buy the bamboo poles and sell them back for K15,000.
The bamboo walls (locally named Hnine Pu walls) are sold for K25,000 per piece. The customers are also ordering bamboo walls with creative designs. Therefore, the local people are earning extra income for their family.
The bamboo wall makers are buying the raw bamboo poles from the woods and bamboo shops in Kyaukse town. Then, they are weaving the bamboo walls for sale. Some makers are buying the natural bamboo poles from the soaked bamboo sellers along the Ayeyawady river in Tada-U township. The buyers are more likely to purchase the walls, which are made with socked bamboo, said U Myint Swe.
The Forest Department has also instructed the businessmen who produce the bamboo, applying for the plantation to replant two acres of the bamboo plantation to produce every 100,000 bamboos, said U Htay Maung, the director of the Forest Department in Magway Region.
This instruction aims to prevent the destruction and conservation of bamboo species. The department is guiding to avoid the devastation of bamboo species and providing all possible support. The department officials are also giving awareness campaigns. —Thet Maung (Kyaukse)/GNLM