Pandanus Roll - French Polynesia
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Braiding is originally a specialty of the Austral Islands, but today braided items can be found throughout Polynesia.
The vegetable raw material mainly used is Pandanus, but we also braid the coconut leaf (niau) or local bamboo (ofe). p>
The items made are traditionally hats, baskets or mats (few).
With the development of crafts and tourism, Polynesian basketry has evolved towards a greater diversity of articles.
We now find purses, cigarette cases, fans, bracelets, sandals, earrings, etc. Nevertheless, rugs (few), baskets and hats still constitute the bulk of production.
The Pandanus part of Polynesian culture
Landing the coasts of the coral islands of Polynesia, the Pandanus is a shrub that is part of Polynesian culture.
We find its emblematic name through the legends highlighting each part of the tree.
In Polynesian society the Pandanus tree is used in its entirety.
Indeed, the sheets are used for the implementation of traditional roofs but also for that of many woven objects.
Its red, fragrant fruits are used in wreaths and flower necklaces. Certain varieties were sacred (tapu) and their drupes were reserved for making necklaces for idols or tiki only in the Marquesas Islands.
The flowers of the male inflorescence "Hinano",are used to perfume flower necklaces and also monoi.
The pandanus wood, although little used, nevertheless has a very beautiful effect in tablets and marquetry.
We mainly roll the long-leaved pandanus (the other pandanus, with short leaves, is only used for covering “Fare”.
These leaves, < strong>width of around ten centimeters and length of approximately two meters, are stripped of their central rib then roughly braided together for drying for three weeks at one month.
They are first hung from the roofs of houses or in trees before being spread on the ground.
Once dried, the leaves are rolled on top of each other to form rolls of approximately 40 cm in diameter, i.e. around fifty sheets per roll /strong>.
- Arround 40 x 40 x 10 cm