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Various kinds of material can be used for this, including palm, banana, and coconut leaves. In Zanzibar specifically, according to the website Zanzibar Tribal Art, grass and ilala palm are used in their weaving: The products of grass and ilala palm weaving (such things as sleeping mats) and basketry are associated with the widest possible range of ...


The solution we used was unexpectedly simple, but not truly satisfactory: We placed short branches with leaves in the freezer and took them out just two hours later. To my surprise, they already started to change color. They didn’t develop the deep reds they would normally have, but had a distinctive reddish hue. I suppose repeated freezing/thawing cycles ...


Try a sewing store. Ask for lightweight fusible interfacing. This is a lightweight nonwoven textile generally used to,provide body between two layers of fabric (like in a shirt collar). Iron it onto a leaf and see what happens. Buy enough to experiment and make some mistakes. I've fused silk onto the back of patterned origami paper with good results, but ...


If you have local greenhouse or garden center type store they should have some house plant palms. Areca palms have some nice long fronds that may work for you. Date palms have some good fronds for weaving as well, but watch out for the thorns. The end of the frond is best, because there are no thorns there.


I'm not sure if it will work off the plant, but shortening day lengths are a cue. Further contributors to the autumun leaf processes include ethylene which is produce by ripe bananas -- so that might give you something else to experiment with.

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