|Photo Credit: Henry Burrows|
Known as one of the Four Gentlemen (representing the four seasons), the bamboo plant's strength, uprightness, flexibility, deep roots and long life makes it a symbol of traditional Chinese values. It represents the virtues of modesty, tenacity, and honorability.
Photo Credit: Emily
This short video shows a time lapse of bamboo growth over 24 hours. It's pretty incredible!
There is a history of bamboo agriculture and use for 7000 yrs, becoming in wide, daily use during the Shang dynasty. Ancient Chinese wore large bamboo hats to protect themselves from the rain and bamboo shoes to walk on muddy roads. Before paper was invented, writing was done on rolls of bamboo slats.
Bamboo has been, and continues to be, used for food, clothing, housing, transportation, weapons, and musical instruments.
|Bamboo from our local Asian grocery store|
We've seen bamboo used in architecture when looking at traditional Dai housing.
And we listened to the traditional Miao bamboo read instrument, the Lusheng.
So many versatile uses for this incredible plant. Do you have anything made of bamboo in your home?