Abaca is used as a raw material for baskets, trays and lampshades. Abaca is a strong natural fiber and is derived from the bark of a banana tree grown on a banana plantation on Java, Indonesia. It takes 9 months for the tree to mature which makes it a quickly renewable resource. A banana tree produces only 1 time its fruits. After one year the tree is cut and replaced. The tree is considered waste, however still useful. The bark is stripped from the tree and given a second life to make baskets and lampshades out of it.

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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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