Phuù Taân jute mats keep com­mu­nity com­fort­able

Outlook - - PHOTO ESSAY - By Phöông Hoa

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.

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