Photographer's Note

Inspired by this flawless natural splendor, the people of Uttarakhand have created and nurtured various forms of arts and crafts since ages. Crafts usually utility items like doors, windows, rugs, carpets, baskets, copper utensils or the folk art Aipan made by Uttarakhandis have a unique touch of nature in their designs.
Ringaal, a species of bamboo found all over the Himalayas is used for making products by farmers in the Garhwal and Kumaon regions as a tradition. The ghad Ringaal or kathin Ringaal from which baskets are generally made grows in the lower altitudes (3000-5000 feet) in both Kumaon and Garhwal. The finer dev Ringaal which splits cleanly is found at higher altitudes in Kumaon.Farmers fetch the Ringaal from the forest in October to November and weave baskets in the winter when there is not much work in the fields.

I spotted this action on my way to Trijuginarayan Temple.This man on the FG is weaving a basket and at the BG one is getting ready the ringaals for use as raw material.
Trijuginarayan is very small locality. Twenty five kilometers from Kedarnath is this revered place which was witness to Lord Shiva tying knot with Goddess Parvati. The eternal Flame which burns here even today is said to have been the witness to their marriage.
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Additional Photos by Mrityunjoy Chatterjee (mrichat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 145 W: 19 N: 243] (1755)
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