The tradition of weaving in Vietnam dated back hundreds of years. Our local weavers, as known as artisans, have continuously developed many weaving styles with natural seagrass to create eco-friendly woven baskets that are both functional and stylish. This article will focus on five seagrass weaving styles from our Vietnamese skilled artisans. Now let’s dive in and discover each style in detail!
1. Coiled seagrass
This seagrass weaving style is normally known as “Cói xiên” (/koi sien/) in Vietnam, either made by hand or with a machine. So how can we make coiled seagrass baskets? To be more specific, here is the weaving process: After harvesting and processing seagrass properly, our artisans start to split seagrass into thin fibers. Once selected, the beautiful long seagrass fibers will be coiled with recycled plastic strings in a wooden frame (half-round shape).
Coiling with seagrass is the way our local weavers make patterns on each basket, for example floral and geometric patterns.
The coiling technique is also commonly applied by our local artisans in Vietnam because it offers the sturdiest structure for baskets in comparison with other types. Coiled seagrass baskets even keep good shape when they carry heavy items inside for a long time. That’s why it can function as seagrass laundry baskets, storage bins and baby moses baskets.
2. Twisted seagrass
Twisted seagrass, “cói se” (/koi se/) in Vietnam, is a material created either by hand or with a machine. At first, once split, seagrass fibers are twisted to become a cohesive string (as known as a twisted seagrass string). In order to create finished baskets, our artisans either wrap these strings around steel frames or weave these strings with each other.
Our artisans often combine seagrass with steel frames to deliver a high level of sturdiness for baskets, turning them into practical storage additions to the living space. Besides, without metal, seagrass baskets are still strong and durable for diverse uses for household essentials from small odds-and-ends, toys to clothes. Can it look more colorful? Definitely yes, our artisans often dye or paint on each basket to add bohemian style to it.
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3. Split seagrass
Can you guess what “split seagrass” (“Cói chẻ” (/koi che/) in Vietnam) means? As we already mentioned above, once dried and processed, seagrass is often split into long thin fibers by machines to ensure consistency. Our artisans weave seagrass fibers neatly around a frame to give a better shape for products.
Regarding split seagrass baskets, they are soft but super strong for storage purposes in any room from living room, bedroom, laundry to kitchen. The quality can be assured thanks to the seagrass’s characteristics: durable. However, it is true that the shape of these baskets may be easily deformed if put inside with heavy things or used for a long time.
Similar to twisted seagrass, split seagrass fibers can be dyed with colors before being woven into a finished item to make storage baskets stylish and charming. Let’s see split seagrass baskets with many sorts of colors, sizes and shapes below!
4. Pressed seagrass
Another seagrass weaving style is “Cói dập” (/koi zap/) in Vietnam, which is called pressed or flat seagrass. As you might know, many belly baskets are made from pressed seagrass fibers. Do you wonder how pressed seagrass is made? Seagrass fibers are pressed to become soft and flat as well, then our local artisans will weave these fibers together, commonly by hand without using a mold.
Pressed seagrass is mostly utilized for making storage belly baskets with different sizes from small to large. Impressively, soft belly baskets can be folded in half for extra convenience for your customers when not in use.
Soft and flat, belly baskets are easily decorated based upon customers’ preference. We commonly see belly baskets in the natural color of seagrass with some attached pom-pom and leather handles. That’s not all! Our artisans also dye seagrass fibers before weaving them into baskets, or directly paint or draw patterns by hand to make an appealing belly basket.
5. Braided seagrass
Last but not least, here comes the last seagrass weaving style – Braided seagrass, also known as – “Cói dóc” (/koi zok/) in Vietnamese! Now, come and see how we make storage baskets from braided seagrass material.
Firstly, after being split, seagrass fibers are braided into a long cohesive string. Then, these braided strings will be wrapped around steel frames and sewn neatly to form storage baskets. Braided strings are so durable and rustic that these baskets best serve for storage in the houses, no matter what your customers put into.
Braided seagrass is either painted or dyed with other colors to make finished products more striking. Like other seagrass baskets, those made of braided seagrass are also designed with built-in or leather handles for ease of use and decorative purposes.
The creativity doesn’t stop there. Our local artisans can add flowers and decorative patterns that give baskets a natural yet charming accent in the interior space. Let’s take a look at several exquisite braided seagrass baskets and their natural vibes!
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Now it’s time for you to explore how each seagrass weaving style matches any decor and any space!