Abaca (Musa textilis) is a tree-like herb resembling the banana plant. Its fiber is more widely known in the export trade as Manila Hemp. It is durable and resistant and can be easily dyed in different colors.

It is used in the handicraft business as pulp material for handmade paper, cordage or as fibers to be woven into ropes and braids. Shown here are braided bowls and bins in combination with rattan.

Bamboo (Bambusa spinosa) is mostly used for the furniture industry because of its strength and durability. It is also a valuable material for basket and hat making. It is an abundant grass species found all throughout the Philippines. It is mostly used for the furniture industry because of its strength and durability.

Bamboo products that were developed by the CCAP's designers fall under the indoor / outdoor garden setting. Shown here are bamboo in combination with seagrass, a freshwater grass growing along rice paddies.

Buri (Corypha elata) is the largest palm found in the Philippines. It is one of the most important palm, next to the coconut, in terms of economic and industrial importance. The buri leaf is the most versatile material used in handicraft industry. It is used for making hats, boxes and other novelty items. It can be easily dyed and woven into many shapes.

Shown here are buri leaf boxes in interesting shapes, color and weaving patterns. Apart from the natural weave, CCAP's designers used Kinab-anan weave and incorporated 3-d spikes in the products they developed.

Buri split, as shown in the combination with Rattan poles and Tilob fibers is another by-product of the diverse ways of processing the buri palm into materials for the handicraft industry. It comes from the main stalk of the palm where fronds of the buri is attached. These stalks are stripped and split into 3mm thickness and bleached to a creamy finish.

The application of lacquer further enhances the beauty of this material. CCAP considers these products as classic, generating regular orders for more than a decade since they were first introduced.

Kalas is a derivative of the buri palm. Locally, the term "kalas" means "to loosen" and refers to the loosened strands of a buri rope. When woven, kalas creates an interesting, rustic pattern with a distinct characteristics from its original material.

Caragumoy (Pandanus simplex) is a variety of screwpine distributed mostly in the inlands of Luzon and the Visayas Island. It is greenish Grey in color as it dries and is used traditionally for mat-making, hats, bags and baskets. CCAP developed this material further into cushion, footstools, bolsters and different functional trays and bins for the modern home.

Pandan-Dagat (Pandanus tectorius) is a variety of screwpine which is abundantly distributed along seashores of the Philippines.

It is made into hats and mats and ahs evolved to be a favored material for cushions and canisters.

Coconut (Cocos nucifera) probably is the most utilized palm in the Philippines. The cocomidrib is used primarily in the handicraft industry as a material for coarse brooms (tingting) and baskets. It can be dyed easily and formed into interesting products in combination with other materials.

Here, CCAP developed the coco-midribs into canisters, tabletop accessories (ceramic liners, bowls, etc) and "Firelamp" - an interesting lamp case that is a conversation piece in itself.

Rattan (Calamus maximus) is the most versatile material used in the manufacturing industry. It is the general name for all climbing palms. It is used to make furniture and small accessories, mostly baskets. Rattan poles can be split, formed into various shapes and can be dyed, stained, bleached, etc. CCAP's classic products include these baskets made of rattan splits with stained finishing.

Seagrass (Rhynchospora corymbosa) is a coarse sedge, about 1 meter in height. The stems are distinctly triangular, and the leaves are broad and long. It abounds in the marshlands and rice paddies of southern Luzon. It grows well in irrigated lands, as when a rice paddy is left for fallowing. CCAP developed these seagrass into containers with lids, cushions for the floor and sofa, carry-all and bags as well as placements and bowls.

Quezon products are mostly vines, barks and twigs representative of rich resources that abound in this province. Materials are cleverly woven, mixed and matched to capture the "Rustic Look" of the handicraft industry. CCAP maintains a host of suppliers from this province and the items shown are samples of what they developed.

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