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Pandan mats : from priceless plant to products
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Pandan mats : from priceless plant to products

 

After the harvest season, housewife of Baan Nong Kae, None Koon district of Sisaket province, earns extra from making basketry. Abundance of screw pine in the village is quite good materials. From priceless plant, screw pine or pandanus is eventually turned into valued products.

Screw pine belongs to Pandanaceae family. Their sword-shaped leaves are very flexible and pliable, good for weaving. However, their leaves have sharp thorns running along the both edges and in the mid. The leaves needs care processes and the thorns have to be removed by stripping off with knife.

Then, the leaves go through the machine to be cut for proper sizes. They will be boiled for 10 minutes, then left in water for two days. They are sun dried, ironed, dyed in desire colored before going through delicate weaving processes.

The pandan mats have a reputation of endurance and ideal for warm climates. The ladies from Baan Nong Kae carves the quality mats until their products won a three-star OTOP award in 2016.

Indeed, villages in None Koon District offers excellent bamboo and pandan basketry and mats. You can explore communities of handicraft and shop around before making way to Phra Viharn National Park where you can enjoy panoramic view of the plateau and Phra Viharn Sanctuary from the Mo-E-Daeng Cliff, right on the Thailand-Cambodia border.

 

How to get there: None Koon District is 40 miles from Sisaket city, via highway 2085.