hinobu (Manioc Strainer)

About this object

History of use

Traditionally used in one of the steps of manioc starch making. It was hung up and filled with mashed, soaked manioc (yuca or cassava) and then stretched in order to squeeze moisture from the manioc.

Physical description

Long basketry strainer/press. This elongated tube is splayed open at one end where it is woven into an open loop. A braided fibre cord is tied around the loop to secure its shape. At the other end, the sheath is tied shut with bent twigs, and expands into another loop. On the loops at both ends, short, loosely braided rope is attached, and resin is embedded into the palm weaving.