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eBook of Philippine Mats

eBook of Philippine Mats

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Published by: Hans Gommans on Oct 27, 2012
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Red or green straws are turned dark gray by burying them in mud towhich certain substances (usually
containing tannin) are added.

Talisay.—This large tree (Terminalia catappa) iscommon in the Philippines. The leaves are added to the
mud in dyeingstraw black. From the bark a brown dye may be obtained. It is, however,seldom used. It is
universally known as talisay. Spanish speakingpeople call it almendras.

Indigo.—Two species of Indigoferae are grown inthe Philippines and are known as tagum. Except with mud
they are notused to dye straws.

Tiagkot.—The leaves of this plant (Pithecolobiumsubacutum) are employed on Romblon Island in dyeing
buri gray.Other names are tagayong, narandauel, saplit (Cagayan); carisquis,ayamguitan (Zambales);
tugurare (Pangasinan); inep (Bulacan); malasaga,malaganip, tekin (Laguna); bahay (Sorsogon); tagomtagom
(Samar); tique(Rizal).

Kabling.—This plant (Pogostemon cablin) isgenerally cultivated, though it grows where its cultivation has
beenabandoned. A volatile oil, used to keep away insects from textiles, isobtained from the leaves. The
leaves are used in Tanay, Rizal, inobtaining gray sabutan straw. [12]

Mabolo.—The heart wood of this tree (Diospyrosdiscolor) is known as kamagon. The leaves are employed
in Tanay,Rizal.

Castor.—This plant (Ricinus communis) is seldomcultivated in the Philippines but is found wild in all
localities. The“beans” yield the oil. The leaves are added to mud inobtaining gray sabutan straw.


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