Brushart animals are hand made from the most super abundant and self regenerating of natural materials, seeds, seed pods, leaves and leaf fi...read more
Brushart animals are hand made from the most super abundant and self regenerating of natural materials, seeds, seed pods, leaves and leaf fibres, held together with wire and glue.
The body of a Brushart animal comes from the leaves of a tall sugar palm called buri. The buri palm is common throughout the Philippines. It is the long, thick leaf stems that provide the fibre from which a Brushart animal is made.
The stems are first crushed and then soaked for a month in stream water, until only strong, white fibres remain.These are combed to separate and clean them. Then they are cut into various lengths, depending on the sizes of the animal, and twisted on a double wire core into brush cylinders. The brush is then trimmed and bent into animal shapes and seeds and leaves attached for eyes, ears, legs etc. Organic dye and sometimes paint are added for colour.
Buri palms live for many years and glow new fronds continuously. One frond stem produces enough fibre for a dozen or more animals.
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