By bamboo crafts, we usually mean bamboo-plaited crafts. Dating to more than 2,000 years ago, bamboo items have been indispensable daily items for Chinese people. They include tools, construction materials, furniture, basketry, and decorative items.
China is the home of about 1/3 of the world's 1300 or so species of bamboo. As the materials, they are strong, light, smooth, straight, and round. They have hard outer skins, and they are free from any pronounced taste or smell.
Bamboo is found abundantly and grows and increases rapidly. Only four years old bamboo is ready for use. For this reason, using bamboo as one kind of material instead of wood, is the GREEN idea of saving rain forest. Bamboo's potential as a multi-purpose product for the global marketplace and the ease with which it is grown and fashioned into salable merchandise.