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Bamboo Weaving History Connecting Sawali Patterns and Arnis

The Philippines boasts a rich tapestry of cultural traditions, each thread woven with ingenuity, resilience, and a deep connection to nature. Among these threads lie the intricate art of Sawali weaving and the dynamic martial art of Arnis, seemingly disparate practices that share surprising connections.

Bamboo Weaving - refers to the pattern used in weaving bamboos which have been split lengthwise


The Art of Sawali - From Bamboo Strips to Living Walls

Imagine homes that breathe, walls that whisper tales of sun and rain. This is the magic of Sawali, an age-old weaving technique that transforms humble bamboo strips into living walls. 

Skilled artisans meticulously split and weave the bamboo, their hands guided by generations-old patterns. Each design, from the geometric precision of "banig" to the flowing artistry of "binanib", tells a story, reflecting regional traditions and the weaver's unique touch.

One such pattern, the captivating figure-eight, stands out for its elegance and complexity. Weaving it requires a masterful dance of the hands, manipulating the bamboo-like threads on a loom. This pattern, with its interwoven loops and continuous flow, embodies the very essence of Sawali - strength, flexibility, and an enduring connection to the natural world.

Roots of Arnis in Filipino History

But the story doesn't end at the walls. Look closer, and you'll see the echoes of Sawali in the lightning-fast movements of Arnis, the national martial art of the Philippines. Its origins lie in the pre-colonial era, where warriors honed their skills using indigenous weapons like sticks and blades. 

The art form evolved, incorporating influences from various cultures, yet retaining its core principles of self-defence, discipline, and respect.

Arnis movements, like the figure-eight flourish, are imbued with symbolism and philosophy. The fluid rotations echo the weaver's hand, each strike a testament to years of practice and dedication. The art form transcends mere physical combat; it's a cultural expression, a dance of warrior spirit and unwavering focus.

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Weaving Threads Together - Exploring the Interconnections

Delving deeper, we discover the fascinating parallels between Sawali and Arnis. Both are rooted in resourcefulness, transforming readily available materials – bamboo for the weaver, sticks for the fighter – into instruments of beauty and power. Both demand precision, discipline, and a deep understanding of rhythm and flow. And both, at their core, celebrate the Filipino spirit of resilience and adaptability.

he figure-eight pattern serves as a powerful symbol of this interconnectedness. It represents the cyclical nature of life, the constant ebb and flow of defence and offence, and the enduring strength found in unity. It's a testament to the Filipino people's ability to weave their history, culture, and fighting spirit into a vibrant tapestry that continues to inspire generations.

Contemporary artists and practitioners are actively exploring these connections. Weavers incorporate Arnis-inspired patterns into their work, while Arnisadors draw inspiration from the focus and discipline of the weaving process. These efforts ensure that the threads of Sawali and Arnis remain vibrant, reminding us of the rich cultural heritage that binds them together.

Connections Between Sawali Patterns and Arnis

In conclusion, Sawali and Arnis are not merely cultural practices; they are living testaments to the Filipino spirit. They whisper stories of resilience, resourcefulness, and a deep connection to nature. As we explore their interconnectedness, we gain a deeper appreciation for the enduring legacy of these traditions and the vibrant tapestry they weave into the fabric of Filipino identity.

Bamboo craft ideas: Making bamboo flute, mask, aeroplane [Images]

There are many bamboo craft ideas, some require skills while others are simple and fun, and anyone can do it. 

You can use the canes, sheaths, branches and rhizomes to make fun things with kids. Here are photos of some bamboo crafts that will inspire you.

Bamboo aeroplane propeller

This bamboo craft idea is my favourite. The bamboo sheath propeller models a light aircraft propeller.

You can put a toothpick or small metal through the hole and fly it. 

To fly it, hold it up to the wind and run. It will go around like a propeller.

bamboo craft idea

Mini raft made from bamboo canes

We used the bamboo canes to build a mini-raft and it was lots of fun - see the video here. (Let us know what you think).

DIY Bamboo flute

If you have a straight bamboo piece, you can make a cool bamboo pipe flute.

DIY bamboo flute

Bamboo face mask

You can make cool bamboo facemask using bamboo sheaths. Great for Halloween parties. 

bamboo craft ideas

Bamboo craft ideas for kids

Not only in the garden, but bamboo canes are great materials for kids' crafts. 

If you are creative and crafty, you can make a lot of useful and or fun things using bamboo canes.

It is important for adults to help when preparing the canes.

The light and hollow canes, their flexibility for bending, and ease of snap-cutting are features that are ideal for creating fun outdoor crafts.

How to prepare bamboo canes to use in the garden?

Gardeners and homeowners who have a bamboo grove know that bamboo canes are useful. Always handy to have them in the shed when you need them. 

Bamboo canes bought from the DIY shops or online markets places come ready prepared. You can use them straight away.

8ft tall bamboo sticks for plants UK WILCO Preparing bamboo canes for use in the garden

Buy bamboo canes for pot and garden plants

Here are some possible places to get bamboo canes for plants online or in shops.

Here are some great places where you can get potted bamboo plants.

How to prep bamboo canes for use in the garden?

When pruning or thinning bamboo plants, it is important to cut the canes close to the ground. This will give the new shoots an opportunity to grow well.

Also, you'll get tall bamboo canes that have tough 'bottoms' and can last longer in the soil.

When prepping bamboo canes, always remove the branches and leaves neatly, do not work against the grain. 

Trim the branches using a pair of secateurs or sharp knives. In addition, use a garden rope to tie the bamboo canes (see image) into a bundle.

That way, it's nice and neat as well as light and easy to store and move around when you need them.

5 preps tips for long-lasting bamboo canes

  1. Work out how high you want the plant to grow.
  2. Use a pair of secateurs to cut bamboo canes (cut close to the nodes, careful not to split the bamboos).
  3. Use a digging tool to make holes deep into the pot and push the bamboo canes into the holes.
  4. Compact the soil around the bamboo canes.
  5. Use garden ropes to tie the potted plants to the bamboo canes.
  6. *If you are building a wigwam-climbing frame for the crawling plants like the trellis, follow steps 1 – 4 and use smaller bamboo canes to tie them together)

Cut bamboo canes close to the nodes

Although bamboo canes have a high resistance to rotting, the exposed ends can disintegrate quickly.  

The part of bamboo cane inside the soil will rot when it is exposed to water and moisture. 

However, when cut close to the nodes, it acts as a barrier and can slow down the bamboo cane from rotting quickly.

bamboo canes for plants UK

Avoid splitting bamboo canes

Use a sharp pair of secateurs and do a clean-cut at the bottom of the bamboo canes. 

Avoid splitting the bamboo during cutting. 

Your bamboo canes will last longer, and you'll be able to re-use them for many years if they stay whole.

Be careful not to split the bamboo canes because the splinters are sharp and can cause nasty cuts to exposed skins, too.

All in all, cut the bamboo close to the ground (during pruning) and close to the node before using it to support your plants in the pots.


Bamboo canes great for vines and new plants

The bamboo canes are tall, slender, rounded, tough and strong. They are the perfect support for new plants, vines, beans and garden and pot plants that need stem support.

The bamboo canes will last for many years. You can use and re-use the canes, they are tough, firm and strong. They are also flexible, you can bend them to your liking and create amazing shapes and designs.

In fact, bamboo canes will form a formidable support system if you use ropes to tie the plants to the canes or group them together into wigwam climber frames. 

This has been seen in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian countries where bamboo canes are used to create stunning garden features.

In the UK, many creative gardeners and homeowners are using bamboo canes to build different support systems for their garden and pot plants.

In addition to their uses in pots and gardens, the canes are great for making frames for climbing plants such as the trellis, beans, grapes and many other vegetative vines.

How to set up a bamboo fence like a pro

Putting up a bamboo fencing roll as a windbreak or for privacy screening can bring the best out of small areas. They are quick to set up and provide the instant cover you need. 

It can cost £150 - £180 to get it done for you. Find out how to do it yourself. 

Use bamboo rolls to build fence screening

Here are steps for building a standalone bamboo screen or attaching bamboo rolls to fences and existing structures.
  1. Measure the length and width of the designated privacy screening area (Take note of bends or any adjustments).
  2. Order bamboo fencing panels and treated posts (according to how many you’ll need from your measurement in Step 1)
  3. Dig the soil and set the posts in place (You may have to cement the posts to provide additional strength).
  4. Build a strong frame connecting the treated posts.
  5. Cut to length and width of the screening area (Some DIYers prefer to cut the bamboo splits after the bamboo splits are in place).
  6. Tie the bamboo rolls with cable ties or wires to the mainframe (in Step 4)
  7. Tidy the edges of the bamboo fence screening rolls and clear up.
bamboo fence rolls screen

Use treated posts with bamboo fencing rolls

Ideally, the round-treated posts tend to match the roundness of the bamboo stick, unless the bamboo screens are splits. 

Use a strong post that you think will go well with the bamboo panels. 

Choosing a good fence post is important for building a new standalone privacy screen. 

For a strong support system, the posts should not be too close or further apart - too close and you’ll need more posts, further apart and the structure will wobble. 
An interval of 1 metre or 1.5 metres between the pillar posts is ideal.

Select the best bamboo fence roll 

The bamboo fencing screen is quick to set up and lasts longer. 

The bamboo fencing rolls, splits and splits are great products for fencing screens. 

 The main problems with these products are mould and rusty weather. 

These problems are easily avoided when you do a good check of the bamboo fencing products prior to buying them.

10 Bamboo DIY Ideas with Pictures

In this series on 'how to use bamboo,' we put together a fantastic collection of ideas and tips to help you make use of bamboo plants in your garden. 

Each link takes you to the page with detailed intructions with pictures to help you build your own or give you an idea about how to make yours.

10 bamboo hacks with pictures

Bamboos are not only stunning garden plants, but they are also eco-friendly materials. 

You can use you can in many home and garden DIY projects. 

Bamboo storage DIY hacks

The cylindrical shape and hollow chamber along the bamboo stems make it easy to create simple DIY storage for homes and gardens.

Bamboos are tolerant to infestation and weather elements. They are also sustainable materials.

Bamboo canes (sticks) have been used in gardening hacks and DIY projects. These 10 ideas will help you as you try out these creative ideas. 
Leave a comment and let us know about your project.

Bamboo Bathroom Storage Hacks

In this Bamboo Bathroom Storage Hacks, you'll find out how to make a bamboo storage for toothpaste and toothbrish, and bamboo storage tube for storing important documents.

DIY bamboo bathroom storage

A bamboo toothpaste and toothbrush storage tube is a fantastic little product to keep in the bathroom. 

It does not take too much space. 

You can also hang it up on the wall or place it anywhere near the sink for convenience.
  • Firstly, cut the bamboo to length leaving a node to act as the base-stopper.  It can either be a straight cut or diagonal cut, but it needs to be 1 cm to 2 cm shorter than the length of your toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Secondly, give the newly cut bamboo a good sanding all over. Apply heat if you want it to be nice and shiny brown.
  • Then, drill a small hole underneath the bamboo bathroom storage so that water can drain out.
  • Finally, your new DIY bamboo toothpaste and toothbrush storage are ready to use!

Bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste storage - DIY bamboo


How to make a Secret bamboo storage box or tube

You will need to make both the tube and its top seal.
  • Firstly, select a bamboo cane with a long intersection ( or internode).
  • Secondly, use a handsaw or hacksaw to cut the bamboo into a tube with one side close (node intact) and the other node completely cut out.
  • Then, use fine sandpaper to smoothen the rough edges.
  • The secret bamboo storage tube is done.
Next, you need to make the top seal. You'll need a slightly small bamboo that can fit into the tube you made above.
  • Cut out one side with the node intact.
  • Give it a good sanding and make it fit into the bamboo tube you cut previously.
  • Trim out the edges and tidy it up.
  • Finally, the secret bamboo storage box or tube should be complete with its top seal in place.

Bamboo garden DIY Hacks

Check out this video and our YouTube channel for garden DIY Hacks using bamboo canes.

How to make bamboo cups and pencil storage from bamboo canes

Bamboo canes are fantasic materials to use in home and garden DIY projects. 

The canes are flexible, you can cut, bend and shape to your liking. 

They are used extensively in the Asia and South Pacific regions for many purposes, from cooking food to building materials and making fun arts and crafts products. 

The uses are limitless!
Take a look at how to make stationery storage and cups from the common bamboo plants.

Pencil bamboo storage box

The bamboo columns (internodes) are perfect for storing pencils, pens, highlighters and generally school stationeries and supplies. 

To make the bamboo storage, you need a handsaw, sandpaper/wood file, candle and a thick (dry) bamboo cane.
  • Firstly, cut the bamboo at an angle of 10 - 15cm from the node (angle-cut will make it easy to store and retrieve different lengths of pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, etc...).
  • Secondly, use fine sanding paper to smoothen the edges.
  • To give the storage box a brownish glow, hover it over the gentle candle heat.
  • Finally, give it a clean and your bamboo storage box is ready to use.
Apply light varnish or wood paint for a fine finishing touch.

bamboo storage box for pencil

Bamboo water cups

Bamboo internodes have been used as water storage in Asia and Pacific regions for many centuries.

Today, bamboo water bottles and bamboo cups are fantastic traditional products. 

It is natural and the water tastes better in it. 

If you have a large bamboo pole you can make several cups out of it.
  • Firstly, the steps are similar to the steps for making bamboo storage. But instead, you'll have to cut across the bamboo forming a cup shape.
  • Secondly, give the freshly cut bamboo a good sanding.
  • Then, rinse the bamboo cup in warm water and let it dry.
  • Finally, your new bamboo cup is ready to use.
You can apply decorations and candle heat to give it a nice brownish glow. 

Do not fill the cup with hot water because it is likely to crack. 

Why bamboo storage?

Bamboos stems, also called the internodes, are extremely hollow in the middle, slim and long. 

The internodes are best for storing pencils and pens, toothbrushes and slim many other similar everyday items. 

Bamboo tubes are also best for storing secret documents, paintings and important documents. 

Let's have a look at what bamboo storage boxes you can make. 

Here are 4 simple but stunning bamboo storage boxes and tubes you can make.
  • Water cups
  • Pencil bamboo storage box
  • Secret storage bamboo box or tube.
  • Bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste storage.

Bamboo garden DIY Hacks

Check out this video and our YouTube channel for garden DIY Hacks using bamboo canes.