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After winning accolades from the likes of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and superstar Amitabh Bachchan,and finding a place in the White House, the eco-friendly bamboo cutlery of Assam and its maker Tridib Mahanta are now eyeing recognition from the Limca Book of Records as the smallest cutlery set of the world.
The miniature bamboo cutlery set, consisting of forks, knives, spoons, etc., is crafted aesthetically, and the smallest pairs of the set are as small as 3.5 millimeter. "I claim that this is the smallest cutlery made of eco-friendly material and I would approach the Limca Book of Records in November this year to prove my claim and get registered in the book," Mahanta told The Assam Tribune, while displaying his creation with the help of a magnifying glass along with other bamboo-made kitchenware at NEDFi Haat on Friday.

 "My products have been very well received in the exhibitions and the trade fairs for their uniqueness and eco-friendly nature. Even the former President APJ Abdul Kalam carries a bamboo spoon, knife and fork with him always. Last year, Amitabh Bachchan's birthday cake was also cut with a bamboo knife," Mahanta said.  Mahanta's bamboo cutlery has got the UNESCO Seal of Excellence certifying excellence, authenticity, innovativeness, eco-friendliness, marketability and fair pricing of the products.  Hailing from Naharkatia of Dibrugarh district, Mahanta has 413 recorded bamboo designs to his credit. His products are designed with his self-prepared tools and equipments. Whereas the unique bamboo bending technique makes the products usable for day-to-day work, it is also easily washable.

"The finely crafted cutlery is very popular in European countries and the simple designs are loved by people of our country, and those of Australia and New Zealand etc., as it can also be washed in the dish washer," he mentioned.  NEDFi has organized its North East Handloom and Handicraft Fair from August 20th to 27, 2010 at NEDFi Haat, Ambari, displaying an array of handmade products. The event was jointly inaugurated by Jagadish Borah, MD, North East Handloom and Handicraft Development Cooperation and Deepa Laskar, Regional Director, India Tourism, in the presence of B P Muktieh, CMD, NEDFi.

 Total 26 units from across the Northeast are participating in the fair, which also houses a water hyacinth craft gallery facilitating participation of another 26 artisans in eight stalls.  Apart from products of the State, the exhibition also displays handicraft from Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Tripura. The indigenous musical instruments like khol, dhol, pepa, gagana and sutuli brought by Ananda Gogoi of Sivasagar are also an added attraction of the exhibition.

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