Thursday, December 11, 2014

So many uses for bamboo (by AM)

In Myanmar, we saw a lot of things that were made out of bamboo. Here are some pictures that I took when we visited Inle Lake, where entire villages are built over the water and up on stilts.
The next few photos are from a weaving factory that stands above the water.  The loom pictured below has many parts of it that are made of bamboo.  The pedals are only one example.

Pedals on a loom.

The following photo doesn't show the loom, but a very clever storage system for the woven fabric:

Hangers to store the fabric (in the rafters).
Thread-holders on the loom.
These bamboo thread-holders (see above) hold the pattern of what the future fabric will look like in between the poles. As the lady at the front of the loom shifts the pedals, the thread, and the thread-holders move around. Slowly, the fabric is made.

More thread-holders, higher up on the loom.
These other bamboo thread-holders are similar to the last ones. They have a different purpose, that I don't know of.

Bamboo house.
 You may not notice it in the picture, but this bamboo house is tightly woven with bamboo. It is also on high bamboo stilts above the water. Many houses on the lake are similar to this one. They have a "driveway" somewhere in between the stilts in a narrow spot for their boats.

other bamboo houses
There is a bamboo fence, bamboo stilts, and a "driveway" for the boat, like the last house.

A bamboo-made household, on the outside.
There are small bamboo poles for the "floor" of each of these two boats, bamboo stilts for the house, and even the floorboards of the house are bamboo, too!

A bamboo TV antenna pole.
We found this TV antenna next to a cigar-making plant along Inle Lake in Myanmar. It caught my eye since it was brown and wooden. I thought that it was creative that somebody would use a bamboo pole instead of a metal pole for their TV antenna!

A 'takraw' ball
'Takraw'  is a game played in Thailand that involves hitting a bamboo-woven ball with your knee, foot, and head to another person in a circle of 6 or 7 people. You may not hit the ball with your hands.                                                                                                                                      
 We own the 'Takraw'  ball shown in the picture. We practice in our backyard every once in a while with it to improve our skills in the sport.

A few bamboo poles holding up the floating gardens on the water.
Mommy and I guessed that the poles that we saw were meant to anchor the floating gardens, but we aren't sure what their real purpose is.
More bamboo poles in the floating garden.
These are 2 bamboo recliner chairs.
We saw a lot of people sitting outside of their shops\stalls, hanging out on their awesome recliners. We found these 2 at the cigar-making plant. All of us thought that it would be so cool to own at least 2 of these in our family! ;-)
Bamboo pillars at Yangon International Airport.
 We found these pillars at the airport when waiting for our plane. They were very polished & light brown, with beautiful carvings above the poles.  I hope the new airport will incorporate bamboo carvings in some way, too!

A close-up picture.

Even though the two spinning-wheel pictures below are not made of bamboo, I thought that they were really cool, because they were made of old bicycles!
The people living in Inle Lake seemed very clever with using the resources that they were provided with, such as bicycles and bamboo poles!

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