Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Make your own "walis tingting" (coconut midrib broom)

Walis tingting is a symbol of the adage, "In union there is strength." It offers practical livelihood opportunity, and it is environmentally friendly - an alternative to synthetic household items.  

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog 
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8-9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Coconut trees are thinned every harvest. The over mature leaves are harvested for fuel, basket or bag (bayong), mat (banig), and roofing (pawid). The leaf is also used in making sinambong (rice cake enclosed with woven coconut leaf). It is the midrib that 
is the subject of this lesson.
  
The midrib is picked directly from from the frond, first by separating it from the lamina (leaf), then pulled out by hand. The crude midrib is cleaned with knife, air dried and bundled.   
Broom makers proudly display their freshly made walis tingting which will dry up and ready for use in a few days. A broom may cost from P20 to P50 depending  on the size of the bundle and market. 
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Parade participants from Tahanan Walang Hagdanan, a center for the disabled in Cainta, Rizal, with their coconut midrib brooms, “Walis Tingting” (Internet).








A Coco Leaf Hut equivalent to the Nipa Hut in the coconut region. Right: a whole coco frond is woven like a mat.  It is used as roofing and siding of this native dwelling - simple, cool and romantic no less.   


Can you tell the use or uses of each of these items?

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