You’ll be kicking yourself you missed this one. A Michelin-star chef could have come to your house and cooked a romantic 8-course Valentine’s dinner. A steal at US$99,300? Included was amethyst bamboo salt – the most expensive salt in the world.
Bamboo paper in Vietnam – truc chi - is known for its durability. People use truc chi to make tea house walls, room dividers, handbags, lanterns, and umbrellas. The paper is also used as a medium for painting, embroidery and calligraphy. Phan Hai Bang (pictured), an art lecturer at Hue University of Art, has created a special type of bamboo paper based on tradition Vietnamese paper making techniques. He plans to use it as a promotional vehicle for local crafts.
For Gucci fans: This year marks fifty years since Gucci opened in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Gucci’s relationship with Japan dates back to the 1940s when they first imported Japanese bamboo to Italy during the post-war era as a solution for material shortages. The bamboo was curved into a handle for what would become known as the Bamboo bag – featured here in a past post. Vintage and second-hand Gucci Bamboo bags often turn up on eBay for a fraction of their original price.
This looks like, umm, creative marketing. No, it’s not a vase, or a planter, it’s a Leafy Vegetable Hydrator, made from bamboo fibre (which is why you see it here). No reviews on Amazon yet.
This could be big. Kimberly-Clark commissioned a study that concluded bamboo fibre has less impact than fibre from northern softwood trees, particularly when it comes to land use because it regenerates in three years as opposed to 70 years for the trees. Bamboo was only one of the fibres looked at for the study of alternative fibres that have the potential to become part of Kimberly-Clark’s sourcing strategy. The study included analysis on issues such as scale of land use, impacts on biodiversity and biogenic carbon accounting. Watch this space for news of mainstream bamboo loo paper.
The American Bamboo Society is seeking applicants for their 2014 Arts and Crafts Awards. Applications close 15 July. The categories are rather broad and vague and anyone living in or outside the US may apply. Here is a link to the 2010 winners.