December 8, 2010

Tropical Hats made from Biru Leaves

Local hats made from leaves of the Biru palm are very suitable as sun shades.

They keep the rain out and keep the wearer cool. And furthermore it is environmentally friendly. This kind of hat lasts more than 5 years.










These ladies are selling jungle produce in the Sarikei open air market.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not just the hats are pretty. The ladies are also pretty

Daniel Yiek said...

What does a Biru palm tree look like?

Anonymous said...

Biru is a species of the Licuala. google Licuala and you will get images of it. Most Licuala are found in jungle but some are cultivated. licuala obicularis from Matang area near Kuching is an elegant species. Licuala sinensis introduced from China is the most widely cultivated species. There is a species from the peat swamp, Licuala paludosa.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Anonymous...I love taking photos of beautiful ladies wearing beautiful homemade hats from Sarawak....

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Daniel
Biru palm is fairly fan like -large leafed and is similar to those large leafed palms grown in landscaped gardens....Anonymous2 has given you the answers too.Cheers.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Anonymous
Thanks for your contribution...really appreciate it. Cheers.

Ann said...

My mum used to wear these plain ones.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Ann
Yes almost all our mothers who lived along the Rajang valley would were these and called them Dou Ti...my grandma and mum could buy them off Iban boat men who brought them along to sell amongst other products like fresh fish and fruits...and never would these Ibans ever imagine what meedin would be restaurant food!!!!

Cheers.