Doko डोको is a Nepali Basket that is used to carry goods, vegetables, grains, water pots, etc since time immemorial. It is a household tool for carrying heavy loads still mainly in rural Nepal and in recent years it’s commercially produced too.
Himalayan Bamboos (Drepanostachyum falcatum) or Nigalo as it is called in Nepali, are cut into strips and hand-woven in a conical or “V” shape. Doko is typically 0.1 to 0.2 m3 in volume, so an average person can carry 20-50kg with the help of Namlo. Namlo is a head strap that balances the whole weight on one’s forehead.
Doko also serves as temporary cages for poultry in villages. Special oversized dokos are used to carry children and the elderly who are incapable of walking non-motor-able roads. It is also used to haul sick people to nearby medical facilities.