ITANAGAR, May 31: A group of 16 traditional artisans from Arunachal Pradesh, under the leadership of one Karmur Jerang are making a traditional cane bridge in the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal.
The IGRMS salvages activities to revitalize vanishing but valuable cultural traditions. To achieve this objective, Sangrahalaya is adding a cane bridge at an open-air exhibition in its Traditional Technology Park.
“In olden days, our forefathers used traditional bamboo rafts to cross rivers. But, crossing rivers with bamboo raft is time consuming, which prompted them to construct traditional bridges,” Jerang said, while giving an overview on how cane bridges came into existence in the state.
He informed of traditional bridges like, log bridges and cane hanging bridges. The first one is used or made for crossing difficult streams, while the second one is constructed for large rivers.
“For construction of such bridges, we need long ropes made of canes, bamboo, preferably dibang (local name) and strong wooden logs. The cane ropes are called tara, takat and esong. The large wooden logs are made as support to the ropes fastened together,”he said, while adding that a newly built bridge can last for around two to three years.