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Fibrous plants used in basketry
Aroman (Ischnosiphon arouma) is a plant of the Marantaceae family that is ubiquitous in the West Indies. The queen fiber of Caribbean crafts, it is used in basketry to make waterproof baskets, hoods, ibichets, catoulis, roucoumas, and matabis (for cassava). Other braided fibers of agave species as well as certain lianas are still used to make very resistant traps, nets, strings, and ropes, while the leaves of various palm trees are manufactured into carrying mats.
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