BOLINAO, Pangasinan, Philippines — Every day, Betty Carolino, 54, would weave buri strips into different shapes of bags, planters, and mats. For years, the women of the island have been weaving bags and mats to augment their income from farming or fishing, their main sources of livelihood. Sleeping mats (banig) have also been marketed in Maldives as “beach mats,” becoming best-sellers there, Cayaon said. Cayaon said there were no flights at that time, so she could not import the buri products from the Philippines. Maldives also stopped its tourism-related operations, although some resorts continued to sell the buri products, she said.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer August 13, 2022 22:41 UTC