Bamboo Artist

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Sitting on the bamboo floored verandah of his 2 storied traditional house in Kheng Zurphel, Ap Doekha makes containers, baskets and ropes from the tall perennial evergreen bamboo found in plenty around his house.

A pioneer in the making of what in Khengkha is called ‘zom’ (a cylindrical milk container), when Kuensel met him, the 61-year-old was stitching a broad hollow bamboo container, measuring about 40 cm in diameter and a meter high, with the capacity to contain the milk of five cows.