Cane craft is yet another craft budding in the valley.
Products of cane craft range from articles of daily use as pataris
(baskets) and kiltas (an all- purpose conical basket to be carried
on the back) to imaginative furniture.
Local Cane: It is used for making
baskets (pataris) and allied goods.
Local cane is a species of bamboo, locally called 'nargal'. It
is found wild in bounty in the upper reaches of the valley.
Though it comes under the jurisdiction of the forest department,
yet villagers go to the jungle and collect cane for making baskets,
etc. for individual and commercial purposes. These baskets were
earlier used for transporting fruits and storing wool.
Imported Cane: For making furniture
varied varieties of cane are imported from Assam and Andaman,
the major cane producing regions of the country. The craftsmen
are generally from various parts of the country especially Uttar
These baskets, furniture and gift Pieces are exhibited and sold
during the Spring Festival
fair held in April and October respectively. There are shops in
the valley dealing in these products.
Clay pottery is also one of the oldest and traditional crafts
of Kullu Valley. Initially it was the skill of Kangra Valley,
but now it is practiced all over Himachal Pradesh. It can be said
to have started when the need for common household utensils was
felt. The artist puts in his imaigination to create different
clay products. The artisan is locally known as 'Kumahar'.
The craftsmen have been limited to the production of items for
local consumption like pots, earthenwares, pitchers and kitchen
utensils, with an exception of very few decorative items. These
gears can garnish and add a stroke of elegance to your drawing
room, offices etc.
Status of Craftsmen
About 500 craftsmen are engaged in this craft from the pottery
community known as 'Kumahars'. Many of them have migrated from
Kangra valley, where this is a very popular craft. The families
have been doing this work since generations.
The clay products are largely displayed in the fairs held in