The versatile Banana plant is best known for its edible fruits and is often mistaken for a tree, as their main stem can reach a height of up to 8 metres.
They are in fact the world’s largest known herb, and the stem is not made of wood, but tightly coiled leaves.
The large and waterproof leaves of the banana also have many uses: Fresh leaves are often used to wrap food or as plates. The dried leaves can also be used for their medical purposes.
In order to use it as a building material the stem is being harvested after the banana plant has produced its crop, then dried, cut again into strings which are then twisted into a cord. The outer part of the stem gives a browner cord, the inner part a lighter one.
The flexible cord is woven around a natural cane and rattan framework, thus giving the whole product stability.