Tree to book
Last week, I decided to make a book with banana leaf.
Here in Southeast Asia, we have been eating rice and cakes out of banana leaf for as long as I can remember.
But the use of banana leaf as food wrapper is getting rare. Increasingly, they get replaced by wax paper.
At my parent’s house in Malaysia, we had a clump in the backyard. But many years ago it was removed during a renovation.
However, the roots must have survived and spread to our neighbour’s.
Now the banana trees on the other side of the fence are big and tall, and the leaves — beautiful in that sweet shade of green — reach back to our balcony.
So let’s make a book.
The veins on the leaf are not perfectly straight, so I had to thatched several pieces together, choosing a straighter side for one side of the cover.
The leaves were laid on top of an actual cover, and stab-bound into place.
For the inside pages, yellow paper of course.
How about some other leaf next time?
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