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Emily returns to Sumatra to see rattan basket samples made in the rainforest

By hampshirehouse August 25, 2018 blog

Following her first visit to the Hutan Harapan Emily returned in May and August to see the samples of traditional baskets and household items used in daily life made by the indigenous Batin Sembilan community.  Most baskets were woven from rattan vines and bamboo collected in the forest and mats from giant pandanus leaves.

Hutan Harapan means Forest of Hope and is made up of 50,000 hectares of production forest which is now being protected from conversion to palm oil plantations and restored back to a balance ecosystem. The initiative is backed by the RSPB as many rare birds live in the forest along with about 16 pairs of critically endangered Sumatran tigers. Empowering the Batin Sembilan and offering alternative livelihood options to palm oil cultivation for the migrant communities that live in the area is a critical part of the process and it is hoped that agroecology combined with developing traditional artisan crafts and ecotourism can achieve this.

#agroecology#artisan#bamboo#basket weaving#handicrafts#Hornbills#indigenous people#Palm Oil#RainForest#rattan#Sumatran tiger#wicker baskets

Hutan Harapan Rainforest

By hampshirehouse January 15, 2018 blog

Emily Readett Bayley’s first visit to Hutan Harapan RSPB Forest of Hope in Sumatra was to research the craft heritage of the indigenous Batin Sembilan community and quantify what sustainable natural materials can be cultivated or sourced from within the ecosystem restoration area that makes up the forest concession. The aim is to provide livelihood opportunities for these semi nomadic people who like the tigers they share the forest with are finding it harder and harder to subsist as hunters or gatherers. She has been asked by the RSPB and partners to develop a variety of handcrafted products including baskets, brushes, plant pots and bird boxes suitable for sale in European Garden Centres.

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#baskets#forest restoration#handicrafts#hunter gathers#hutan harapan#indigenous people#Palm Oil#RainForest#rattan#RSPB#sumatra#trees
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