Can you see a forest in the palm?
What happens when material production and identity is directly linked to the ways we grow plants?
The ingredients of this composite are based directly on the structure of coconut plantation. Local plants that could be grown between the palms are bound with reused coconut husks in form of starch, dye or fiber. Drawing from traditional practices and natural systems, the composition of the material is expressing the local ecosystem formed by neighbouring plant species.
Materials could be produced locally as different food products are prepared. Parts of plants such as cassava, pandan, citrus fruits, Inigo or madder are mixed together with ground coconut fiber, which is then heated and pressed into a mould.
This process provides a way to transform monocultural plantation byproducts (coconut husks with fiber) into an added value material/ product, as well as renewing a monoculture style of growing by changing plantation into a forest.
Text submitted by the maker
Farmers from Riau Province, Indonesia ; Lund University School of Industrial Design
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