The versatility of pandan or screwpine leaves in the world of traditional handicrafts is spoken for by the amount of woven things such as mats, baskets and even pillow cases that can be made from these leaves. We have taken the concept of mat weaving and incorporated it into our Pandan Zebra Frame to make a truly spectacular piece.
The species of pandan leaves used for weaving comes from the non-edible sort; therefore, they are unlike the pandan leaves commonly used for culinary purposes.
With the harmonious lines of the zebra as inspiration, our photo frame is woven with an aesthetically pleasing geometric pattern. Though woven with a simple weave, the creative use of colours in this photo frame is an excellent show of contemporary modern art.
Processing the leaves
1. The leaves are first collected from the pandan plant. Workers must wear gloves to ensure that they do not cut their hands while collecting the leaves due to the sharp thorns.
2. The thorns are then removed. Only the middle part of the pandan leaf is used for weaving.
3. The leaves will then be rolled into a bundle and tied before being dried in the sun.
4. Once dried, the leaves are a pale yellowish colour.
5. After the drying process, the bundles are untied, straightened and divided into smaller strips. It can be woven at this point.
6. To colour the strips, the leaves are boiled in a big vat and (in this case) a red dye is carefully measured and added.
7. After being cooked in the vat, the leaves are rinsed in water and dried in a shady place. They can now be woven into various handicrafts.