Woven Mat

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Woven mats are used in a number of communities across East New Britain and serve various purposes. Some of these uses include house construction and seating, but most commonly they are used for sleeping. These are woven using fronds collected from palm trees. A regular sized mat (Kubin) only requires one palm frond; however, larger mats (Kupa) can be made using two. Mats tend to last around six months depending on how often they are used. Once the mats are no longer usable for anything else, they are used for kindling and maintaining fires.