Doko (basket)

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Doko, a bamboo basket used in Nepal.

Doko (Nepali: डोको) is a kind of basket made from bamboo. They are hand-woven in a conical or "V" shape. Dokos are especially used by porters to carry goods in Nepal, Bhutan and northern India's mountainous Sikkim and Uttarakhand states.

Material[edit]

Dokos are made from dry bamboo strips. Bamboo is durable and withstands harsh weather.

Uses[edit]

Dokos full of tomatoes

Dokos are typically 0.1 to 0.2 m3 in volume, so an average person can carry 20-50kg. They have shoulder straps, and usually head straps called namlo (Nepali: नाम्लो) that take part of the load off the carrier's shoulders.

They are used to carry goods, vegetables, grains, water pots, etc. Also to carry small animals and poultry, as well as serving as temporary cages. Where there are no motor roads, special oversize dokos are even used to transport people unable to walk. Doko production has been a good source of income as well.Even blind peoples are trained for doko production to earn their livelihood in Nepal.Almost in every rural areas of Nepal doko is utilized as a common tool for carrying heavy loads.