Millet Brooms: The Ancient Craft That Sweeps The Present

I started this blog to discuss information I've picked up in my new role, which might be useful for someone starting out in an industrial equipment supply role.

Millet Brooms: The Ancient Craft That Sweeps The Present

Millet Brooms: The Ancient Craft That Sweeps The Present

4 October 2023
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In a world dominated by modern cleaning tools, there's a humble yet enduring implement that has stood the test of time: the millet broom. Crafted from natural materials, millet brooms are not just cleaning tools; they are a testament to the age-old tradition of craftsmanship and sustainability. This blog will explore the history, craftsmanship and enduring appeal of millet brooms.

The Craftsmanship Behind Millet Brooms

What makes millet brooms special is the craftsmanship that goes into their creation. They are traditionally made by hand, using a process that has been passed down through generations. The primary materials used are the stalks of foxtail millet or broomcorn millet, which are known for their stiffness and durability.

The process begins with harvesting the millet stalks and allowing them to dry thoroughly. Once dried, the stalks are bundled together, with their tips bound securely. The bundling process is intricate, as it determines the broom's shape and effectiveness. Skilled broom makers use their experience to create brooms with the perfect balance of stiffness and flexibility.

After bundling, the millet stalks are attached to a wooden handle, traditionally made of bamboo or hardwood. The binding is done with great precision to ensure that the broomhead is secure and will not unravel during use. Some brooms feature a decorative wrap around the binding, adding both functionality and aesthetics.

Sustainability and Eco-Friendliness

Millet brooms are not only a testament to craftsmanship but also to sustainability. Unlike synthetic brooms made from plastic or synthetic fibres, millet brooms are biodegradable and eco-friendly. They have a minimal environmental impact and can be composted at the end of their life, returning to the earth in a natural way.

Versatility and Effectiveness

Millet brooms are known for their effectiveness in sweeping and cleaning various surfaces. They excel at collecting dust, dirt and debris without scattering particles into the air. The broom's unique design allows it to reach corners and crevices that other cleaning tools might miss.

The Timeless Appeal of Millet Brooms

In an era of technological advancements and mass-produced cleaning tools, millet brooms offer a refreshing reminder of the value of craftsmanship and sustainability. They have an enduring appeal that transcends generations, connecting people to the traditions and wisdom of the past. So, the next time you use a millet broom, take a moment to appreciate the history and artistry that go into this simple yet remarkable cleaning tool.

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Industrial equipment supply chain learning curve

I have always worked in the supply chain department, but since moving to an industrial equipment supplier, I've been on a steep learning curve. We have so many pieces with multiple names or similar names, and I need to be able to work out which pieces can be substituted in an emergency and which pieces are not similar. It's been tricky for me to get my head around, so I started this blog to discuss some of the information I've picked up in this role, which might be useful for someone else just starting out in an industrial equipment supply role.