Phuù Taân jute mats keep community comfortable
T he fields of Phuù Taân in An Cö Village in Tuy An District, Phuù Yeân Province, have been growing the longest and best quality jute for hundreds of years. Most of it goes into finely woven mats that provide jobs for almost 250 families.
The process of making jute mats can be divided into several stages. Young people from about 10 upwards and elderly people also like to lend a hand.
The total acreage under jute is more than 25ha, which provides an abundant supply of the basic material. Some families have invested in machines to increase their productivity as well as revenue.
In tropical climates, where sweaty skin can stick to synthentic fabric sheets and pillows, jute mats are the ultimate bed cover. They allow breezes from nature and from fans to pass through, keeping the body cool. The woven fibres are slightly soft, can be washed and dried easily and make a hard wooden bed a fine place to relax.
The jute mats of Phuù Yeân are popular in neighbouring provinces.
Farmers harvest jute by hand.
The jute is dyed in different colours, before being dried under the sun.