Sunday, October 23, 2011

Palm Frawn Sandal - My First Shoe-making Project (@FIDM)

Did I ever think that the first shoe I make was going to be out of tree leaves? No. Do I find it amusing? Yes. 

The assignment was simple: make a sandal in any shapes or forms out of anything, but it must be woven without using ANYTHING else. The objective was to explore the most primitive ways of making footwear as people did thousands of years ago. 

I chose palm frawns because it was available, and the fact that the long and fibrous leaves were very appropriate for weaving actions. I was surprised at how difficult it was to make a sandal out of just palm frawns without using anything else, but at the same time, I started to appreciate the dexterity of ancient people. You better believe it, footwear making is hard and serious business.

When I first obtained the palm frawns, so moist and green.

Bathtub soaking action required because I got lazy, and didn't make the sandal soon enough.

(not the prettiest thing I have ever done.....) but... taadaaaa! Sandal with 2 straps out of just palm frawns. 

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