Buri is a kind of palm tree which the people of San Juan, Ilocos Sur calls “tree of life.”

 

What is BURI

  • It is from Buri palm, largest palm in the Philippines
  • It is considered to be the third most important palm in the country (after coconut tree and nipa)
  • There are three types of raw materials produced:
    • Buri – matured leaf; used for placemats, hats, and this unique case
    • Raffia – young shoot or leaf; commercially traded in bleached or unbleached form. It is used for cloth, hats, mats, bags
    • Buntal – long light coloured strand extracted manually, which can be made into bags, hats, slippers, and baskets
  • The fruit of the buri is a cheap source of food and good source of starch
  • The sap is made into vinegar and when fermented becomes alcohol
  • The Buri palm is considered the tree of life in San Juan, Philippines because of its many uses

 

The process

Buri leaves (matured or young depending on its usage) are cut into thin strips. The strips are soak in cold water and wash in between soaking until the water is clear. The strips can also be boiled for few minutes to shorten the method.

 

Depending on the weather, buri leaves are either dried under natural sunlight

or inside an “urno” (kiln) like the photo below.

 

 

When the fiber is dry, it is ready for weaving. See how the artisan weave our products here.

 

and for our woven cases, check them in our shop