Tuesday, January 11

the versatile towel

The common towel has found favor among older women as a turban like creation.  In times past a sarong or length of woven cloth was used, then modern fancies were introduced and brightly coloured towel heads are common in the village.  There is the "flying nun" look as seen here, or the coil to provide padding when carrying heavy loads on top of the head.  

This old dear is cutting pandanas (pandan) leaves with incredible dexterity and speed.  The strips are dried and woven into durable mats and baskets.  Pandanas is a local, free and sustainable material used throughout the archipelago, and is also employed in the kitchen to impart a distinct aroma and flavour to curry, rice, jams and desserts. 

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