Date, Palm Leaf, Straw & Palmyra & Other Leaf Mats & Baskets

Date, Palm Leaf, Straw & Palmyra & Other Leaf Mats & Baskets

Besides the better known coir mats woven in Bangladesh a variety of natural materials are used to weave and craft baskets and mats. A large range of baskets for holding grain, dehydrated foods, spices and vegetables are made out of palm (taal) and date (khejur) tree leaves. The unique aspect of these baskets and containers is the use of lengths of rushes and riverside straw as the inner fibres or filling, that are wrapped over with the palm and date leaves.

Different varieties of leaves are used to create products of everyday use in Bangladesh. Leaf mats are mainly crafted in the deltaic region in the southern part of Bangladesh. These are mainly utilitarian, everyday consumables used for sitting, or for sleeping, as packaging material and for other every day uses.

In the Panchnagar region of Bangladesh coiled and plaited baskets are crafted out of sun-grass.

Chatai mats are also woven from the fan shaped leaves of the Palmyra palm without the use of any cotton thread, while the kusana are made of kusa grass (Eragrostis cynosyroides)

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