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Bacha Pangke
Material: Wood
Description: This is a spindle holder made of wood.
Use: It is used to keep spindles used for weaving. It has been in use from ancient times.
Used by: The people of Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh, India, in the Western Himalayas.
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Bangchoong
Material: Bamboo
Description: It is a Tiffin box made of bamboo strips and has a lid.
Use: This bamboo container is used by the farmers and others to carry their lunch when they go for work.
Used by: The people of Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh, India in the Eastern Himalayas.
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Bari Patan Yantra
Material: Copper and bamboo
Description: This is an equipment for aroma extraction by the process of hydro-distillation.
Use: The aromatic plant parts are heated in water in the big closed vessel on an earthen oven. The aroma-laden steam flows through the bamboo pipe to the long throated vessel kept on a water bath where it gets stored after condensation.
Used by: People of Chamoli district in Garhwal region, Uttarakhand, India, in the Central Himalayas.
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Bhel shed
Material: Wood, metal wires
Description: This is a brush with flat wooden frame.
Use: Introduced in this region in mid 20th century from Darjeeling, it is used for combing and softening raw wool.
Used by: The people of Lahaul and Spiti district, Himachal Pradesh, India in the Western Himalayas.
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Bhojpatra
Material: Tree bark
Description: This is paper made from the very thin bark of the tree Betula utilis.
Use: The tree bark of Betuila utilis was the most commonly used material for writing. Several ancient texts and manuscripts have been written on ‘Bhojpatra’.
Used by: People of Chamoli district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, India, in the Central Himalayas.
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Bok
Material: Tibetan Silk
Description: It is a cloak made of Tibetan silk with thread work at the edges.
Use: It is tied around the neck and worn on the back as part of the traditional dress.
Used by: The women of Leh district, Jammu & Kashmir, India, in the Western Himalayas.
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Bumpa
Material: Copper
Description: This is a copper vessel with the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols made on it. It is locally made and usually colourful.
Use: It is used to serve both solid as well as liquid food.
Used by: The people of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India, in the Western Himalayas.
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Chang-Kema
Material: Bamboo
Description: It is a sieve made of woven bamboo, which comes in many shapes and sizes.
Use: The fermented millets mixed with water are passed through the smaller sieves and the liquid is drunk as ‘chang’ (local beer). The larger horizontal ones are used to wash vegetables.
Used by: The households of Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh, India, in the Eastern Himalayas.
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