Saturday, September 8, 2012

Palm Work

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Palm trees are a type of grass and they have to be trimmed regularly. At least twice a year men climb the date palms to cut off the older fronds. These are then hauled into the villages, often either by camel or if there is broader access, by mule and wagon. In the village, people do the initial processing by trimming off the softer leaves and then drying the rib that supports them. Later the ribs will be cut and made into furniture, boxes, or used in walls. The soft leaves may be shredded for upholstery material, woven into baskets, or mats, and so on.

1 comment:

GretchenJoanna said...

I wish someone would start a business in California to cheaply trim people's palm trees - so many of them are a blight on the landscape. But of course they'd have to be licensed and have insurance and all that, and right now probably no one knows how to use the fronds they would cut off.
This is an inspiring post, though!