Breadwinners living on straightening bamboo

Nulgar bamboo straightening is a traditional craft in Bay Nui (Seven Mountains) region in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, which is home to big nulgar bamboo forests.

After harvesting, nulgar bamboo trunks need to be straightened because in their habitats, the bamboos are bent because of their extreme length.

At home, the trunks are parched for bending. It takes workers from two to three minutes to make a nulgar bamboo trunks become straight.

Although the trade is a hard job, it helps locals lead a better life with daily income of VND200,000-300,000 (US$9-14) per person.

 

A road in An Giang is lined by nulgar bamboos - PHOTOS: LE HOANG VU

After harvesting, nulgar bamboo trunks need to be straightened because in their habitats, the bamboos are bent because of their extreme length. At home, the trunks are parched for bending. It takes workers from two to three minutes to make a nulgar bamboo trunks become straight. Although the trade is a hard job, it helps locals lead a better life with daily income of VND200,000-300,000 (US$9-14) per person.

Workers put nulgar bamboo trunks on fire

Skilled workers know how to adjust the flame during the process

A veteran worker can bend around 200 to 250 nulgar bamboo trunks each day

Some straightened nulgar bamboo trunks

The bamboos are on board a boat to be ready for transporting to provinces across the Mekong Delta. The Bay Nui region provides about 500,000 to 700,000 nulgar bamboo trunks to the delta every year

Le Hoang Vu

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