Sunday, December 7, 2008

Uttarakhand Wild Grass Furniture

With a theme "close to nature" Uttarakhand people start making use of the locally grown wild grass as a raw material for making furniture. The wild grass which they are using is popularly, known as lantana, the grass is invasive, and is considered to be a noxious weed. The grass is the same weed which was considered a curse by the locals till now, and the same weed now turning into a blessing for the local people.

Uttarakhand based non-governmental organization (NGO), HAFCO, is conducting workshops for the locals and training them in making innovative articles like flower vases, stools, racks, dustbins and furniture pieces such as sofa sets, tables and chairs.

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