Bamboo – THE MUSICAL TEXTILE:
Bamboo – THE MUSICAL TEXTILE, it is a high-yield renewable natural resource. Bamboo is a mystical plant as a symbol of strength, flexibility, tenacity, endurance, luck and compromise. Throughout Asia, bamboo has been an integral part to religions ceremonies, art, music and daily life for centuries. Among the earliest historical records, in 2nd century B.C., it was written on green bamboo strips strung together in a bundle with silk thread. Instruments made of bamboo create unique resonance.
The woody parts of the bamboo plant are crushed and then natural enzymes are used to break the bamboo walls into a mushy mass so that the natural fibers can be mechanically combed out and spun into yarn. This is treated as an eco-friendly manufacturing process. Bamboo fiber product made from this process is sometimes called bamboo linen.
Bamboo’s natural hollow form makes it an obvious choice for many instruments, particularly wind and percussion. There are numerous types of bamboo flute made all over the world, such as the dizi, xiao, shakuhachi, palendag, jinghu, angklung. The Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas, Philippines has pipes made of bamboo culms.
Four of the instruments used in Polynesia for traditional hula are made of bamboo: nose flute, rattle, stamping pipes and the Jew’s harp.
The bamboo fiber is commonly used in “Harmonium”,” Sound speakers “and some rare instruments; it is definitely eco friendly and good for health.