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Process

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After being harvested, the rush needs to be solarized before storage, and is always kept dry afterwards by solarization. Before weaving, rush has to undergo various processes, including root-cutting, dividing, beetling, rubbing, spreading, etc. in order to refine its pattern. Then, through traditionally skilful hand-weaving, the rush is woven into aesthetic product.

The pellicle on the root is removed to prevent mildew and to maintain the same beautiful colour.

In order to maintain the same thickness and ensure the overall tidiness of the end product, craftsmen divide one stem into two or three pieces by needle according to the requirement of the product.

Step 1: Solarizing
Step 2: Root-Cutting
Step 3: Dividing
Step 4: Beeting
Step 5: Rubbing
Step 6: Spreading
Step 7: Hand-Weaving

The aim of beetling rush bunch by mallet is to soften it, so as to prevent the break during weaving.

The aim of rubbing is to hide inside the inner white fibers (fibers that absorb moisture) produced during dividing, to make the color even and beautiful. 

In order to maintain the same thickness and ensure the neatness of products, craftsmen divide one stem into two or three pieces by needle according to the requirement of weaving.

The spread rush is divided into upper and lower groups. Upper rush is controlled by right hand while lower rush is controlled by left hand. The weaving follows the skill of Bottom I and Bottom II.