The Weaving Process

Rush is harvested thrice a year - once between April and May, August and September, and finally in November. They are laid out in the sun to dry; this process gives them a golden brown tone and strengthens the fiber. They are then tied into sheaves before storing in a cool, dry place.

Once cured, the root ends are chopped off. The next step involves a labor-intensive process in which a needle is used to split the leaves into thin strips.

Finally, they are pound and rubbed against a hard surface until they become soft and pliable.

After several months of preparation, the rush fiber is finally ready for weaving! Weaving alone can take between 24 hours to a month!