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Sunmats are made using the fibre of the leaf matter from the Pandanus plant. These plants are similar to a palm tree and have long sinuous frond that grow from them. These fronds are taken from the plant, and then stripped down to a string like fibre. These are in turn rubbed together between the hands until the fibres bind together. This is then dyed different colours using natural colourings that can be found in berries, fruits and ochre stones. Once the fibres are coloured, they are then woven into the sunmats, which are used for sitting on when cooking or during ceremonies. These mats are still made today after 10’s of thousands of years.
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