Blastin T Sangma lives in a remote forest in the Garo Hills. He has grown up and continues to live among the trees and bamboo that he instinctively understands.Weaving bamboo and sculpting wood comes naturally to him. He makes everyday utility objects as well as decorative reminders of the forest and an ancient way of life of his people – the Garos.
Sculpting from single fallen tree branches, Blastin creates miniatures of the traditional Garo tree house or Borang and the carnivorous plant endemic to Meghalaya - Nepenthes Khasiana called MemangKoksi in Garo, meaning “basket of the ghost or devil” which is believed to have healing powers. His bamboo products include traditional everyday utility items including baskets and kitchen implements and contemporary items like pen holders and trays.
Blastin was a daily wager like everyone else in his village until 2015. It was then that he attended a two-week workshop on bamboo crafts along with thirty odd people from his village and realised that he could make a living doing what he loved most.He started Sangma Bamboo Handicrafts soon after, and began making and selling his handcrafted products. Now he weaves and sculpts full time and earns enough to provide for his family. He feelsdeep pride and joy in his work which is transferred into each of his creations.