October 25, 2013

Banig

banig A banig is a handwoven mat made of palm or grass leaves used for sitting and sleeping. The best ones are made of fine, narrow strips which are dyed and woven in intricate patterns—used in Manila mostly as area rugs or tapestries because of their scarcity and cost. Plain, simple ones like this are good for everyday use (or for trips to the beach). The ideal way to store them is to roll them up so you don't put undue stress on the fibers (but that's not quite practical for packing them in suitcases).

8 comments:

Massimo said...

interesting ! I work on the packaging and this can be of interest :-) ciao

Photo Cache said...

oh i miss using this.

Barbara Farr said...

Roll it up and put it in a yoga mat tote!

Dina said...

Beauty, natural, and useful all rolled up in one.

Cezar and Léia said...

So ecologic, so right and sooo beautiful!Love it!
Léia

Lowell said...

Sounds like they are beautifully and artfully constructed but not too useful in real life! :) Probably make great tapestries, though...

Dina said...

Our guide at Israel's Cochin Jewish Heritage Center was proud to point out that the floor covering of the museum was made from coconut fiber. Apparently the name Cochin (for the city in India) comes from a word meaning coconut palm tree.

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