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Origin: Made In Bhutan

Material: Bamboo/Cane and Yula

Dimensions: 32cm diameter (approx)

Weight: 100gms - 200gms

Sustainability: Handmade with natural materials

This large Handwoven Bamboo Container is known as ‘Banchung' and is handcrafted and made in Bhutan by traditionally-skilled artisans. Indigenously produced in rural Bhutan, the diamond-patterned storage container is made of fine strips of Tula, a type of bamboo, which are pre-dyed using plant and vegetable inks produced at home. Its veritable display of magical colours, beautiful symmetrical patterns and intricate designs are symbolic of the Bhutanese society and culture.


The handwoven container consists of two halves, outer larger lid which fits comfortably into a smaller inner lid and squeezed together to close.


Traditionally it was used as a plate for food. Today it is still used by the Bhutanese people in rural Bhutan to carry cooked food, such as rice and meat during long journeys or when they are going to work in the fields.


The Bangchung can be used to store all your knick-knacks, jewellery and accessories, or as a decorative piece on the wall or on a cabinet/table. There is no limitation to what you can use it for. It will also make a unique gift for special occasions and for those with a taste of indigenous and traditional crafts.


Why not get one now and support this craft form and its artisan traditions, which is in danger of dying. Your purchase will also help support the artisans, providing sustainable income to the weavers.


Also, available in a smaller size - Bangchung Bamboo Container - small in a different pattern.


Read the making of the Traditional Bamboo Plate of Bhutan - Bangchung in our blog.

Bangchung Bamboo Container - Large

  • Bangchungs are crafted by artisans across various regions in Bhutan - in the far eastern region, it is made in Thrimshing Kangpar in the Tashigang District; in the southern region, it is made in the Shimgaong District. The ‘Khengs’ in central Bhutan are known to be highly skilled in weaving these baskets using traditional skills passed down through generations to make these bamboo containers. With its intricate patterns and meticulous construction, this cute handmade bamboo container showcases the ingenuity of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

  • The bamboo products are individually handmade using sustainably sourced natural materials such as bamboo, cane and yula. The colours are created using vegetable-dyes.


    Weaving is an ancient art form in Bhutan that is representative of the very heart and soul of the nation. Its skills have been handed down from one generation to another, from mother to daughter, and from family to family. Taking root in rural and rustic settings, the traditional practice of making these bamboo baskets and containers is the main source of income for the people in the region and its purchase helps keep the traditional craft form alive. It also provides sustainable income to the people of these remote and rural regions.

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