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