The Asiatic Sarkanda
grass is used for a variety of purposes. The main stalk of sarkanda grass
dries up during winter and the grass is harvested. The thick part of the grass
is used in making furniture items; its outer skin makes for thatch. The leaf of
the grass is called moonj. The moonjis twisted tightly to create ropes. These
ropes are then used to create web like structure on charpoi / traditional wood
legged rope beds and muda/stool and other pieces of furniture also called muda.
Made by aligning sarkanda in a criss-cross construction with two concentric
cylindrical layers of reeds, each twisted in opposite directions, to form
shallow hyperbolic paraboloids that are locked together by binding ropes at
many levels along the cylinder. The structure thus formed is extremely stable
and strong. The open edges are cut and bound by rope and fiber trimmings that are tied along the spine its edges are
secured with moonj ropes with which the seat is also woven.
Now a day's
many contemporary functional products are made. For instance all sizes of
moodas, light weight sofa sets for the garden and living rooms. The other
products include varities of baskets, floor mats/ chatai, window and door
blinds/chiks, Jhadoo/broom etc.
These is a
wide spread craft with craftspeople spread across Gurgaon, Farukhnagar, Rewari,
Mayan, Kund, Chandpur, Khori Garhi-Bolni ,Moondreya-Kheraj, Beval, Mahendragarh,
Dongra Aheer, Gujjarwaas, Khatripur and Faridabad
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