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The craft of pandanus weaves

Lucy Wunupingu 08012013

A fascinating, rare behind the scenes that takes us on a journey with the artists
as their collect the raw materials for their weaves – pandanus!

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Pandanus are palm-like, dioecious trees and shrubs,
their leaves “pandan” are commonly used in traditional handicraft
and is a key ingredient in South East Asian cuisine.

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The young leaves are harvested and  sliced into fine strips,
followed by a colouring process,
in which the strips are placed in drums of bush dyes, roots and leaves
from  different plants sourced in the area.

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dye is extracted through bashing and crushing techniques,
then added to the water with the pandanus to create these vivid hues

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 The pandan strips are then woven into intricate baskets and mats,
or rolled into ropes for other designs!

 

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Resulting in these mesmerising, intricate designs!

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