If you’ve ever seen tall stalks of golden bamboo in a grove or in photographs, you might be surprised to learn that it is a grass- a very fast growing, extremely tall grass! While ‘dwarf’ bamboo grows to less than a foot, some species actually grow to 100 feet tall!
Bamboo is attractive, pliable and sturdy, and is the preferred plant used in the making of wicker furniture.
Once the wood has been properly treated to prevent insect infestation, bamboo forms a very tough hardwood that can be used in fences, canes, toys, musical instruments, clothing, and much more, including decorative baskets (and – as I found to my amazement whilst doing my research – mountain bikes!)
Bamboo grows in many countries around the world, such as China, Japan and Indonesia, and each country has its own traditional method of weaving baskets. So if you’re thinking of adding a decorative bamboo basket or two to your home decor, you have a lot of styles to choose from.
Baskets woven from bamboo are works of art in their own right, and can stand on their own as decorative pieces. But they are above all functional, and can be used for a variety of purposes, from holding various bits and bobs on a dresser to setting off plants or flowers or as an ornate fruit bowl.
If you like the idea of a little eastern decoration in your home, don’t just head straight off to the local DIY store and buy the first basket you see. If you search the web you can find hundreds of examples of intricately woven baskets that are much more authentic and eastern in feel, not to mention half the price.
Though bamboo is the obvious detail material for an oriental themed home, a traditional Japanese basket is such a unique work of art that it will stand out and complement any type of surroundings and can therefore is used just as effectively in a traditional, contemporary or eclectic home.
Because bamboo baskets can be so beautiful, it’s no surprise that it takes a long time to learn the craft. It can take artists up to ten years just to learn to master the art of bamboo weaving. However, if you’d like to create your own baskets, there are plenty of resources which will show you how to work with bamboo to create a charmingly simple design while you are learning the ropes.
Besides the usual decorative options like bowls, plant pots or even bay window curtain poles etc, bamboo also be used in your home on a more functional level, meaning you can spread this fantastic material around your home even further to create a well-rounded theme.
Bamboo blinds are extremely popular at the minute. They are effortlessly chic and relatively inexpensive and therefore perfect for any room in the house.
Bamboo flooring and mats are also seeing a huge surge in sales as companies begin to make proper use of this quickly renewable material.
And remember, every time you buy bamboo you are doing your bit for Panda numbers. Everybody knows that losing a bit of weight helps when you are trying to conceive- and those chubsters sure could do with dropping a few pounds!