Pandanus stripper

Pandanus Stripper

Price: $5

Weavers of jaki (mats) use a tool also called an ar that is made from a block of wood about the same width as the dried pandanus leaves (maañ) and has a row of sharp metal points inserted in one end. The distance separating the metal points will determine the width of the strips. The weaver inserts the ar’s points into the broad end of the maañ and drag it down, creating the strips in one move. If the weaver intends to make a finely-woven clothing mat (jaki-ed), the ar’s points will be much closer together to create fine strips of leaf.

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