|Attention creative crafters!
Lauhala (pandanus) or raufara (as it is known in Tahiti) is one of the most used and
versatile source of weaving materials in Polynesia. Since ancient times,
these islanders have made an art of weaving. They've woven baskets,
mats, bracelets, fans and inumerable other practical and decorative
To prepare the leaves, they are first dried in the sun. The thorns
are stripped off and are soaked in water to clean and soften. They
are again dried and flattened. Later, they are gathered and rolled
together for storage. Artisans then pull the leaves out of the rolls
as needed. They shred the leaves to the required widths and begin
the task at hand.
Our Tahitian artisans have made it easy for you to use. Each roll
is made up of approximately 80-90 leaves. Each leaf is approximately
39 inches (1 meter) and averages about 3 inches in width. Imported. Product of Tahiti.
Can't decide? Order a sample of each of the varieties that we offer (Samoan, Tahitian and South Pacific) for $5.00