Basket Maker

Cane Basket Maker

The tasks a Basket Maker is expected to perform include:

Making baskets of the specified size and shape by interlacing willow, rattan or other materials

Forming the bottom of the basket by interlacing strips of bamboo or similar material with a framework of bamboo ribs

Inserting ribs around the edge of the bottom and between the woven sections of the bottom to serve as a framework for the sides

Bending the ribs perpendicular to the bottom and securing them to hold them in position for the weaving of the sides and weaving strips through the ribs until the sides are completed

Tapering or pointing the ends of the protruding ribs and bending and inserting them into the spaces in the top edge of the woven sides

Knowledgeable about the features of cane

Proficient in making designs with cane

Competent in working with cane and weaving cane

Finger and thumb agility

Ability to make solid bottom boards, using band saws, drill presses, and carpenters' hand tools

Knowledge of interlacing reeds through stakes (rods), secured in screw blocks, to form parts of basket, such as the woven bottom

Ability to design baskets

Hard working

Detail oriented

Alert and attentive

Creativity in furniture designing

It is a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is available

Working hours
Handicrafts & Carpet units usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from unit to unit

Shift system maybe available

Being self-employed is also an option. In this case, the working hours and days will be flexible

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?
This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL), Both Legs (BL), Blind (B), Low Vision (LV) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

This job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include minor injuries to hands and fingers, back aches, fatigue, tiredness, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries due to handling cane strips, working continuously for long hours, etc.

For fresher - INR 140 to INR 200 per day

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 200 to INR 300 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Employment Prospects and Significant Growth of the Indian Handicrafts Industry

The story of Indian Handicrafts dates back to one of the oldest civilizations of the world. Indian handicrafts represent beauty, dignity, form and style. In the 1970?s, the government initiated the preservation of crafts, skill upgrade, and addressed the challenges the sector was facing. However the focus shifted to export in the later decades. It plays a significant role in the country?s economy and provides employment to more than 7.3 million people; mostly from rural and semi-urban areas.

Today, handicrafts and handcrafted gift items manufactured and exported from India are much sought after and have established an unsurpassable reputation in the international market. According to provisional data, the exports of Indian handicrafts in the period of April?August 2014-15 has shown an increase of US$ 256.32 million, which is about 18.06 per cent over the same period in 2013-14. Based on historical trends, the handicrafts sector is expected to grow by 16 per cent during 2013?17 and by another 16 per cent during 2017?22.

Cane basket manufacturing units across India


Towns and cities across India