Seagrass

Cyperus malaccensis grows in the tropical climates of China and Vietnam  This seagrass can be recognized by its long strap-like leaves that are 1-2cm wide and can grow up to 2 metres long. These plant’s leaves are harvested by hand, dried, and hand spun into cords before being woven into flooring. The leaves have a smooth plastic-like skin, a property that give seagrass flooring its resistance to stains from spills. Seagrass does not require fertilizers or pesticides to grow rapidly and abundantly.

 

 Mountaingrass (hemp)

Corchorus capsularis L. harvesting is done by cutting the plants at or close to the ground level. The harvested plants are left in the field for 2 to 3 days for the leaves to shed. Next, the plants are tied into bundles, and the branching tops are lopped off to rot in the field.

The bundles are placed side by side in retting water, usually in 2 to 3 layers, and are tied together. They are covered with water-hyacinth or any weed that does not release tannin and iron.The fiber, when extracted separately from each stem, is clean and free from entanglement.  The fiber is then washed in clean water, wrung, and eventually spread to dry in shade or mild sun.