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Palm tree leaves, green or dry, are used to manufacture everyday items such as mats, bags, baskets or hats amongst many others. The technique most frequently used is the hand-plait, with the only help from some basic tools such as the sewing needle, the scissors or the punch. This artisanal activity, most of the times a family business, is carried out in small shops which, very often, are located inside the dwellings. The leaves' central nerve, known as pirgano, is harder and more resistant and is destined for the manufacturing of the best baskets for the transport of heavy loads.

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