Mendong

Mendong is a plant fibre and used for baskets and trays. Mendong is one of the most sustainable sources of cellulose fibre. It grows naturally and one plantation offers several harvests.

Low impact sourcing & production process

1. Quickly renewable

This tall grass, grows very rapidly and therefore it is renewable. In two months it is fully grown and ready to cut by hand.

2. Sundried

Mendong grass is dried by the sun after harvest and then sold at the market or to workshops.

3. 100% manual production by women

Usually women braid the dried Mendong grass into rope-like material. Afterwards, these ropes are used for the weaving of baskets.

Creating job opportunities

one craftsperson needs 3-4 days to make a mendong basket
From harvesting until the end product, the entire process is executed by hand and/or with the support of simple traditional tools. Multiple people have to be involved, which means more jobs and income for the rural communities.
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