Picture of Indian girls preparing native chambira, a wild palm (Astrocaryum
chambira) that is used for its fiber. This native palm tree provides
the fiber most commonly used by Indian girls to weave. The newer leaves of
the native chambira are used and are harvested either by climbing a tree next to
the spiny palm or by cutting the palm tree down. Typically, Indian men
harvest the chambira palm leaves and the Indian girls carries it back home.
She peels off the top layer of the palm leaves and puts the fiber in the sun in
order to dry. After the fiber is dry, Indian girls roll the native
chambira fiber along her thigh to make a twine. The twine, which is quite
strong, is then used to weave hammocks, wrist ornaments ("pulseras"), tote
bags, fishing line, and sometimes articles of clothing.