Osier bast, a straw
commonly known as Sarkanda, is interwoven with bast, reeds, rushes and
corn husks to make baskets.
A few decades ago, Sarkanda, a tough, thick
elastic grass used to grow in plenty. Out of this grass, roofs of all
sizes (which provided air conditioning) were fashioned in circular
shapes. After shaving, thin straws of this grass were woven into
beautiful carpets and curtains. The hand fan, popularly known as
Peshawari Pakkha, is one of the most popular and fascinating handmade
wicker products. Smaller, fine and more delicate fans are called
Kundaladar Pakkhi on account of their curled ends.