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Umbrella Making
The first step in making the traditional Bosang umbrellas to cut and shape the treated bamboo pieces so that the treated bamboo pieces so that the frame can be assembled.
The umbrella covering is then carefully adhered to the frame spires , and base coats of colorful paint are applied .
Finally , exquisite , and imaginative designs are meticulously hand – painted onto the top side of the umbrella .
Floral , animal and scenic designs appear on most umbrellas . All artwork is symmetrical and intricate . Some umbrella styles include an attractive fringe trim.
Saa Paper Making
Botanically named broussonetia papyrifera , sa paper is made from the bark of the mulberry tree.Initially , the bark is soaked in clean water for about 24 hours.Then it is boiled with serveral kinds of ashes for about 3-4 hours and rinsed clean with water.
Next the material is beaten with mallets until tender and thereafter fibers are put into a water filled tank and stirred with a paddle until the fibers are suspended in the water. The fibers are then sifted with a screen and dried in the sun for about 20 minutes.
Once dried , sheet of paper are formed which can be peeled off easily . This is the paper used in double layer to cover the umbrella frame and later be painted.


 
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