The last ringal weaver of Jaiti
Arpita Chakrabarty • Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

The last ringal weaver of Jaiti

Nain Ram Bajela, who makes bamboo products in rural Uttarakhand, says his work demands patience, like any art. But due to low returns and a lack of state support, his sons have moved on to other work

February 21, 2018 | Arpita Chakrabarty
Making baskets in English
Shreya Katyayini • Banka, Bihar

Making baskets in English

This Dalit hamlet in Bihar's Banka district is called English, and all the residents here have the same last name. Three generations ago, they gave up burning bodies and took up the more respectable occupation of making baskets

November 11, 2017 | Shreya Katyayini
The bamboo-splitters of Dhubri
Ratna Bharali Talukdar • Dhubri, Assam

The bamboo-splitters of Dhubri

Mainuddin Pramanik of Kuntir island on the Brahmaputra in Assam comes to Dhubri town every day to work as a bamboo-splitter. But the trade is in decline and few other options are available to daily wage workers

October 23, 2017 | Ratna Bharali Talukdar

The many baskets of Mako Lingi
Sweta Daga • Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

The many baskets of Mako Lingi

A basket weaver and an Idu Mishmi elder, Mako Lingi of Ahunli village in Arunachal Pradesh, remembers a time when barter was a part of life and basket-weaving was necessary for survival

October 11, 2017 | Sweta Daga
Bala’s baskets, brooms and blinds
Dorairaj V. • Madurai district, Tamil Nadu

Bala’s baskets, brooms and blinds

Madurai-based P. R. Bala has been making bamboo products for 22 years. This centuries-old family occupation is demanding and barely profitable, but the personal rewards, he says, are worth the toil

October 6, 2017 | Dorairaj V.
'All migrants are like stray dogs'
Purusottam Thakur • Bolangir, Odisha

'All migrants are like stray dogs'

Kamla and other Paharias of Bolangir, Odisha, struggle to be recognised as Adivasis and access their rights

July 13, 2016 | Purusottam Thakur

Make in India – with bamboos and leaves

Farmers, labourers and shepherds in rural Odisha wear delicately woven ‘rain hats’ while working. Made by Adivasis, they’re sold by small vendors, who carry them on bicycles across long distances

July 6, 2017 | P. Sainath

Biswas and the bamboos on his bike
P. Sainath • West Tripura, Tripura

Biswas and the bamboos on his bike

Kamla and other Paharias of Bolangir, Odisha, struggle to be recognised as Adivasis and access their rights

February 6, 2015 | P. Sainath

Visible Work, Invisible Women: and gathering their lives (panel 6)

This panel of P. Sainath’s curated, online photo exhibition, depicting rural women’s labour, shows how women use forest produce like grass and bamboo to make baskets, brooms and more

July 23, 2014 | P. Sainath