Cane and Bamboo
Cane is the natural endowment of the forest resources in Manipur. Due to
Jhum (Shifting) cultivation rampantly practiced in the hill areas, cane resources have been dwindling by way burning of the forest areas Bamboo, another forest resource is abundantly grown in
Churachandpur, Jiribam, Tamenglong and Imphal districts of Manipur.
It may be mentioned here that Manipur is the largest producer bamboo products after Tripura in the entire north east. Some of the bamboo products are sofa sets, Murhas, mats, basketry, tray, chair, table, flower vase, ashtray and other decorative and utility articles.
Sukham phi is a cloth with white ground with red and black border; Pordesum phi is a piece of cloth with red, black, blue and white cross markings; Langoudesum phi is a woman's cloth with black and red stripes;
Kasundesum phi is with broad red and narrow black stripes and it is worn by women; and Melao phi is a waist cloth worn by
It is with blue and red stripes. In the hills and the valley, baskets, hats and other articles are made from the bamboo. Baskets are made in dissimilar designs.