How to write a process article may not be as daunting as it looks. First, the writer has to know well enough about the subject so as not to miss any part of the process. Second, he or she has to think of the target audience.The article below is a newsletter feature for those who are learning about the process for the first time. Third, the writer has to follow the chronological order of the process to avoid confusion. This rule can be broken, but like other rules, it has got to be mastered first. Read the article "A Leaf's Journey Into Hope."
A Leaf's Journey Into Hope
Pandan grows as abundantly and as wildly as the talahib in most of the lush green parts of Zamboanga del Sur. Supervised under the livelihood program of Open Doors, in upper Caliguran, Sama volunteers and other hired help harvest the pandan leaves as soon as these are at least five feet tall. After this, they are somewhat "deboned" while they are systematically stripped of their midribs.
Now devoid of the stick-highway of their sustenance, they are more pliant to be bundled together and placed in a huge pan where they are boiled. After thirty minutes, limp leaves are gathered and hung in a sturdy wash line for two days, but without exposing them to the sun. Once completely drained, they are stripped into mat fibers and again soaked in water. Overnight, the stripped fibers are either hung on the wash line or spread out on the palisade to dry, this time, under the sun. The green color fades into white, which is a required quality for the next step.
The succeeding step - dyeing - follows a formula. After stripping, each leaf would be a hair of thick fibers. Only two hundred of these hairs are held together and soaked in a box of Venus tint. If more than two hundred are soaked at a time in warm color, the fibers will lack the required deep hues of yellow, blue, red, maroon, and brown. The color consistency is maintained by strictly adhering to these measures.
The final raw materials are colored pandan hairs which are now hung to dry. The whole preparation takes about two weeks. After that the weavers weave one-by-one meter mats. Once the mats are ready, the sewers cuts and sews them into colourful mix-matched creations. The resulting products: key chains, wallets, passport holders, notebook organizers, placemats - are practical and elegant accessories for the demanding target clients.
Sama - indigenous tribe in Zamboanga Del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines. MostSama people used to be largely boat people, and some of them are more commonly known as Badjaos. In the old times, the Samas built colourful vintas.
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