June 21, 2008

What's this?

This is a traditional broom, called sapu lidi (sapu = sweep, lidi = stick), which is made from midribs of coconut leaves that are tied together. It is still commonly used to sweep the yard or to sweep off water on the floor (for example, water on the terrace after it has been raining). It is rarely used to sweep inside the house. For smoother surfaces such as ceramic floor tiles, we use a usual broom.

However, sapu lidi can also be used to help dust off the bed. Of course, we don't use the same sapu lidi that we used for sweeping the yard :)

Photos of the broom being used :
*Because the sticks are just tied together, sometimes they get a little loose, so you need to adjust it a little, as you can see in the second picture.

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