Bamboo & rattan

In the village In the mountains of central Vietnam where the Pako group lives and where the bamboo and rattan products are produced, bamboo and rattan are some of the most useful materials they have. Everywhere you see things made of these materials, everything from houses, brooms and kitchen utensils - which they even make in times of need.

Creativity for what these materials can be used for never ends.

The materials also play an important role in the spiritual life of the Pako people. When someone dies, bamboo and rattan objects are placed in the deceased's coffin so that he can use these tools in his next life.

We at Form - a nomad design studio love bamboo and rattan for so many reasons!

No. 1 is because these natural materials and craftsmanship have brought us together. A friendship and partnership that has developed over several years and that will stay in our hearts forever. We've been through so much together.

Surround yourself with natural materials.

Form - a nomad design studio in Vietnam

Bamboo and rattan are friendly and natural materials that give a warm and friendly feeling to the products and also to the interior where they are located.

Bring nature indoors.

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 Pako bamboo table - handcrafted

 

Facts about bamboo and rattan

Bamboo and rattan are light and durable materials that are often used in rural homes and play a major role as a source of income for many of these people living in the poor countryside of the tropical regions of South and Southeast Asia.

Did you know that:

Bamboo

  • Bamboo belongs to the grass family and is one of the fastest growing plants on earth and grows naturally without pesticides or fertilizers.
  • There are about 1000 different bamboo species. The bamboo used by the Pako group has a long distance between the nodes, which makes this bamboo branch the perfect bamboo to use for weaving Pako bicycle bags.
  • Bamboo is not harvested by being pulled up by the roots, but instead it is cut off at the root and can then continue to grow and be harvested again and again.
  • Bamboo sprouts can be cooked and eaten. A delicious vegetable that we at Form - a nomad design studio often eat in Vietnam.

Rattan

  • Rattan grows mainly in tropical regions such as Southeast Asia - to which Vietnam belongs.
  • Rattan is a meandering plant that meanders up on other plants to reach the sunlight.
  • Rattan can reach a length of up to 100 meters

 

As you can read, bamboo and rattan are real natural materials that grow in our global garden, which gives us not only beautiful landscapes to our planet but also raw materials, food and crafts to us!

Pako bamboo bicycle bag - handcrafted

We hope you will love these natural materials as much as we do and the craftsmanship we have designed for you!

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Reference:

She is so creative, dedicated and good hearted. It is wonderful to see how she has been supporting the ethnic minority people in Vietnam to creatively participate in producing and trading their products based on their own tradition. I am proud of her achieving that project with the Vietnamese tribe.

/Quang Ho Sy former manager of the organization MCNV Dong Ha office in Quang Tri province Vietnam

 

 

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 Weaving Pako bamboo bag

 

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More information about bamboo and rattan can be found here WWF.