Coconut coir rope

March 9, 2015


On the way to Munroe island we went to a coconut coir rope making factory. Three women use two wheels to make the rope out of coir which is a natural fibre extracted out of coconut husk. The shell of the coconut is taken and soaked for around 3-5 days in water. Then it is cracked and the husk removed, then soaked again for another 2 or so days. This is twisted together with the wheels, run out in two lines and then the two lines are combined. It’s really strong!

The best bit is when they combine the two lines. The patterns in the coir are like a phenomena of sound called a standing wave. The vibrations take on a physical pattern.