Abaca

Abaca is used as a material for baskets, trays and lampshades as it is a very versatile and sustainable material. Abaca is a very strong natural leaf fibre derived from the bark of the banana tree growing in Java, Indonesia. This banana plant is especially fast growing and therefore a renewable resource. Abaca is a waste product from banana plantations. To give the old banana tree leaves a second life, locals make baskets and lampshades out of them.

Low impact sourcing & production process

1. Sundried leaves

The leaves of the bark of the banana tree are peeled of layer by layer and aro laid out to dry in the sun. This usually happens on an open field or near the beach. The drying process takes up to seven days. As soon as the leaves are fully dried, the inner part gets separated from the outer part. Both parts are used for further processing and can be cut into the size hat’s required for rope making.

2. Handcrafted ropes

The material is manually twisted and shaped into a rope, which is then tied together and spun into a long rope. The ropes are of various thickness and structure and can be crafted into different kinds of baskets or lampshades.

3. 100% natural & locally sourced

Abaca products are 100% natural and always made by hand. The use of machines, glues, and other toxic materials is minimized. By using raw materials that are locally available transportation routes are very short. with simple tools. The impact on the environment is therefor limited.

Creating job opportunities

it takes on average 3 days to make an abaca floor basket by hand
The entire sourcing & production process is executed by hand with the support of simple traditional tools. This process creates more job opportunities and income for people in the rural communities where the unemployment and poverty rate is high.
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