What Is The Fundamental Process In Prepairing Indegenous Material In Handicraft Making?


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Using indigenous materials in handicraft making has become very common in countries such as the Philippines.

It is said that the Philippines are actually the second largest producer of handicraft products and you will find they are predominately made using a wide range of indigenous materials.

The most common indigenous materials used in handicraft making are as follows:

  • Coconut Shells
Although you would certainly not instantly associate coconuts with handicraft, a lot of products will actually contain a piece of coconut shell. The shell is sculpted and used for items such as buttons, lamp shades, and vases.

  • Bamboo
Bamboo is widely used in handicraft in products such as furniture. Tables and chairs are often created from bamboo that has been tightened and bent into the shapes required. It is of plentiful supply in places such as the Philippines and so is an ideal material to exploit.

  • Fibers
A bit like with the coconut shells mentioned earlier, fibers are also cleverly created from things you wouldn't instantly link as the provider. Banana and pineapple trees can provide a great source of fibers. The fibers can be used in binding together a lot of handicraft products.

The main tools used in turning indigenous materials in to handicraft products are as follows:
  • Hacksaw
  • Wrench
  • Mallet
  • Knife
  • Chisel
  • Smoothing plane

Without indigenous materials, the appeal of the handicraft industry would certainly not be the same. The indigenous materials are usually sourced locally and so are cheap and readily available. The work needed to turn these materials into beautiful products can be extensive but it is certainly worth it for the end result.

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