Formerly viewed as insignificant grass-like leaves, seagrasses thrive vigorously and stay untouched in the extensive meadows. Gradually, after acknowledging the potential of that wild plant, local communities have relocated their villages to areas with a rich diversity and abundance of seagrasses.

With great creativity, people utilise ripe seagrass roots for basketry –  an indeginous traditional craft passed down from generations to generations that has brought them both livelihoods and reputation for excellence in producing top-of-market handwoven baskets for walls.

Fibre collecting

Due to the scorching sun in the daylight, local people flood to the field at midnight to gather seagrass. It takes about two months for the seagrass to be harvested.

May and September are the two main sedge seasons. After thinning out patches of roots using digging tools, people separate the sedge layers before being sun-dried

Material processing

Bundles of sedge are piled onto a delivery tricycle to be transported to the village. 

Fibers are split, sliced, twisted, or braided depending on the design of the products.

The mat is exposed to direct sunlight or seasoned over flame for a tough texture and bright color.

Basket weaving

More than 14 sedge weaving techniques are used in the most sophisticated way.

Sedge fibers are wound around thin bundles of seagrass, and secured stitch by stitch into a tiny coil. 

The weaver incorporates differently colored threads into colorful patterns or designs.

After all that, they could finally become pieces of elegant household items and ingenious art work.

Despite the convenience of plastic and industrial products in a modern society, the sight of women patiently sitting over weave sedge strips is still a common sight for you to catch.

Weaving has become their work, their passion, and their living. The hand of the artisans is so present in their work, which will definitely resonate with you, given your belief in celebrating the handmade, fair trade and sustainability.