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The oil palm fiber was processed by soaking, boiling at high pressure, beating and then shredding finely to become suitable for forming into sheets using flat mesh screens or as molded 3D shapes. Japanese rice paste ” denpun nori” is then blended in, and together sieved through a concave sieve, formed on a mold and the objects are then air or even oven dried.
The products have been designed with a simple aesthetic to accentuate the qualities of the new material. Renewable sourced coatings such as “carnauba” palm tree wax, “kakishibu” persimmon juice varnish, cashew varnish and others have been used on the products as protective surface coating with a waterproof version coated in resin.
This practical way of processing and transforming oil palm fiber waste can also be achieved in a developing countries where the same principle can be applied to other cellulose waste fiber such as wood or bamboo in a craft workshop or industry context.
Professor Julia Cassim, Project Director, KYOTO Design Lab
Emeritus Professor Teruo Kimura
Associate Professor Yoko Okahisa, Department of Bio-Based Materials
Professor Haruhiro Ino + Professor Kazushi Yamada, Centre for Advanced Fibro-Science
Tomohiro Inoue, Digital Factory
Yoshinori Shiki, Katsumi Kawabata, Shin Yamashita, Wood Factory