Bamboo is used as building material in villages in Myanmar. There are 963 bamboo forests and 96 different species.
Bamboo belongs to the grass family and it is the fastest-growing plant on earth, growing between 60 and 100 cm per day. The husk, that you can see in the picture, is used for making hats as in this workshop in Mawlamyine (Moulmein).
Villagers use machetes, like the one on this man’s back, to cut down the bamboo.
This man is cutting and flattening bamboo canes so that it can be used to make the walls for a house.
This is the result of the flattened bamboo woven together. In rural villages houses are made completely from bamboo, even the windows and roofs.
Close up view of woven bamboo wall with a little friend.
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