That day, Bibaising is installed outside, in the sun. Sitting on the ground on a thick board, he finishes the weaving of a new doko. An old copy serves as a mold to shape his new basket.
The Doko is a traditional bamboo braided basket, used to carry almost everything: potatoes, fodder, wood to heat ….
Leaning against the back of the carrier, it is held by a wide strap « Namlo » passed on the front, the load is distributed on the back.
Illustrations of how to wear the traditionnal basket can be seen on thoses differents pages : Pokhara, les maisons des collines et Construction d’une maison au Népal (with the exemple of a doko made in wood)
A little story: Do you know what Namlo-Doko is? This is the Nepalese driving license !!
Yes, there is very few cars in the high hills of Himalayas. The only means of transport is portering on man’s back and walking, hence this little local joke!