Eco-friendliness was never this exotic. Bamboo is the new baby on the décor block, and designers can’t stop cradling it in fancy cribs. In a Bollywood-themed home collection, for instance, movie characters like Gabbar, Shaakal and Mogambo give you lessons on global warming, flood control and other environmental issues.
“The products have interesting lines on them, like Jo bike ka PUC check karwaega woh mukadar ka sikandar kahlayega or Arrey oh Samba, global warming se ab hum sirf Basanti ko nahi, puri duniya ko nachaenge”, says Minhazz Majumdar, owner of The Bamboo Store, a one-of-its-kind shop dedicated to industrial and handcrafted bamboo furnishings. Their stuff includes lamps, framed mirrors and floor mats.
While the Bollywood villains on the products highlight global warming, vamps draw attention to floods with a ‘bar(h)’ dance.But it’s not just the quirk that makes bamboo cool. "It is an earth-friendly substitute for wood and plastic, since it is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, and thus, an easily renewable natural resource," explains Majumdar. Other advantages include its cost-effectiveness - the products come cheaper than wood - and easy maintenance.
“Bamboo products are very easy to take care of. Regular dusting with a wet cloth is all you need. They can also be safely washed.
Bamboo carpets can be conveniently vacuum-cleaned,” says Arun Mehandru of Bamboo Greens, another bamboo store in town, which sells products in two categories - raw bamboo and bamboo fibres. Under the raw category, they retail mirror frames, carpets, tissue boxes and the like, and under the fibre category, they make towels, bed sheets, bath gowns and innerwear.
Apart from these stores, chains like Fabindia, culture hotspots like Dilli Haat and even artisans who sit by the streets specialise in beautiful bamboo craft for your living space. And, even as the material itself ages, it makes sure the style stays timeless.