Our eco-friendly Lauhala matting can be used in indoor or outdoor applications. Lauhala Matting is great for a wall-covering, wainscoting or ceiling application. Other uses include decoration of tiki bars or kitchen counters. Line the Lauhala matting in front of the tiki bar for added texture and design. Our matting comes in beautiful colors ranging from a dark caramel brown to a rich tan. Lauhala is sold as bundles when it is used for weaving purposes.
Some matting is made from banana leaves and bark and is considered to be very strong among natural fibers. This native leaf is braided or weaved into patterns that vary in design. The patterns have a beautiful and distinct island look!
We also provide bamboo slats to trim the seams when using multiple sheets of matting. Our Lauhala matting is easy to install: use a contact cement or liquid nail to attach it to any surface.
We offer many different styles and colors of matting such as Bac Bac, Lompac, Synthetic Viro Fiber, and Abaca Cloth.
How to Care for Lauhala Matting
Tropical matting can be easily cut with scissors or a sharp razor. To prevent fraying of the material when cutting, tape the backside before cutting. Luahala matting is best used indoors or a low traffic setting if you want it last a long time. If you plan on using it outdoors, we high recommend the matting be treated with clear polyurethane or varnish for long lasting durability and shine.
About Our Lauhala Matting
Our matting is grown in a tropical climate: warm and wet environment with volcanic soils that make it a rich location for cultivation. 75% of the material comes from the Philippines while the remainder 15% is supplied by Ecuador. Our matting comes from the Philippines and we ensure our matting is carefully monitored and cared for. Lauhala matting would do less harm to the environment since it is recyclable and biodegradable. It is two times stronger than sisal and is the strongest amongst other natural fibers. Our Lauhala matting is highly durable and finely woven to our high standards.
Origins and Uses
Lauhala Matting is native to the South Pacific and Philippines and is used as sleeping mats called “banig.” Today in rural areas, locals prefer sleeping on mats over conventional beds. Tradition banig mat patterns are consistent in design and are created from dried individual strips of Pandan leaves that produce the mats.
Natural matting was used by tribes in Mindanao, Philippines who have a rich cultural background. The matting was used for sleeping or sitting purposes. Masterful weavers from the Tagolwanon and Higaonon tribe were adept at making beautiful matting with various shapes and designs. The weaving is done mostly at night, or cool and rainy days, so that the materials are soft and pliant. This ensures that during weaving, the matting will not break as the designs slowly form onto the mats.
The banana leaf material resource is in great demand and is a highly exported product overseas. It is a popular domestic item as well. The material used to make the matting is a renewable resource that is sustainable. Lately the Fiber Development Authority (FIDA) started talks with the Philippines Department of Agriculture to use this natural fiber as a packaging material. The same natural fiber that makes up our Lauhala matting will be used to create eco-friendly packaging for use around the world. The natural fiber used Lauhala matting can also be used in clothing, filter papers, tea bags, and currency notes!
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