Bigger bamboos stick being tied with nylon threads as the base.
Equal length of sleek bamboo sticks cut and held.
Bigger bamboo sticks being tied at the mat as the border for the mat.
Sleek bamboo sticks tied to make mats.
Stand to construct the mat
Guides are suspended at equidistant and strips are fasten
Exchanging rubber pads to lock the bamboo sticks.
The chick mat is complete and the extra bamboo stick is cut later.
A good length of chick mat completed.
Artisan displaying a mat of size 1x2feet (width x length)
Husband and wife displaying the Chick mat
Many times, semitransparent cloth also used as mat
People of South Gujarat mainly depend on making variety of crafts out of bamboo and earn their living. Whole of the family members work jointly in preparing this chick mat making and it is their family occupation. Bamboo plays a major role in providing employment to these people. Not only that, it also provides employment to the whole of the family members by minimum investment. These people go to the forest area and bring the bamboo bundles loaded on their head.
Chick mat making looks simple, but it takes lot of practice and hard work to gain the expertise. The craftsmen begin the process by taking the customer’s order. The measurements of the windows and doors are taken. Initially the first outer layer of bamboo is peeled with the help of a knife. Then they are cut by the saw tool according to the measurements. Bamboo is made into two equal pieces vertically, later it is sliced into sleek pieces through the help of the sickle. The wooden stick is tapped on the sickle with a force, to slice the bamboo.