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Weaving Coconut Leaf Panels


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February 6, 2020

Coconut Leaf Panels - several panelsHere in Tahiti, we use a lot of coconut leaves around our home and even to make roofs. These panels are woven from coconut leaves and placed on the roof of homes. The leaves protect the home and keep the rain out. They also look great and give your home a very island look. The roof can last for 8 years before they need to be changed. Today a lot of people love the look on the inside of their home that the leaves give. They have found a way to keep this look and not need to change the roof every 8 years. Today a lot of people put down a plastic roof panel over the top of the leaves.

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Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 roof panel

Supplies:

  • coconut leaf
  • knife
Coconut Leaf Panels - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Split the coconut leaf down the middle using your knife. You will need to take the knife and clean a little of the stem off in order to make them a bit thinner at the top of the leaf.
  2. Coconut Leaf Panels - split the leaf down the center using a knife
     
  3. Start at the bottom part of the leaf. Count in two and then lift up every other leaf until you have three in your hand.
  4. Coconut Leaf Panels - begin weaving
     
    Coconut Leaf Panels - continuing weaving process
     
    Coconut Leaf Panels - split leaf
     
  5. Take the two leaves you left on the bottom and fold them over and lay them next to the stem.
  6. Coconut Leaf Panels - the panel grows
     
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  7. Let go of the three leaves in your hand and now pick up the next three.
  8. Coconut Leaf Panels - lifting some of the leaves as part of the weaving process, three at a time
     
    Coconut Leaf Panels - continuing progress
     
  9. This is a weaving process and it continues on line this until you reach the end of the leaf. We never weave the very end of the leaf because it is too small to weave.
  10. Coconut Leaf Panels - continue until the leaves are too small to weave
     
  11. You will need to weave both sides of the leaf and then place them together.
  12. Coconut Leaf Panels - repeat with the other half
     
  13. To hold them in place you will use the lower part of your weaving and weave the two leaves together.
  14. Coconut Leaf Panels - weave the two together using the lower part of your weaving
     
    Coconut Leaf Panels - continue
     
    Coconut Leaf Panels - continue
     
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  15. This forms one roof panel or even a panel you can use as a decoration in your home on a wall or as a room divider.
  16. Coconut Leaf Panels - finished panels
     
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