Weaving Gapor Leaf Fans
The Gapor leaf fan is a local craft used for reducing the
Materials and Tools to Make a Gapor Leaf Fan
1. Gapor leaves (new bloom)
2. Rattan and Clan bamboos for making a ring at the end of
the fan's handle.
3. Rattan or artificial materials to wrap around the fan's
4. Color, the popular are red, green and yellow.
5. A Jugtog knife.
6. A pair of scissors for finishing up the fan.
7. A shape iron rod to punch a hole for a rope to wrap around
the fan's handle.
Process of Making a Gapor leaf Fan
1. Sawing Gapor : Get rid of
shape edges of a fresh Krapor leaf. Cut a stem in an appropriate
length to make the fan's handle. Trim the Gapor leaf by taking
the edge and the center of the leaf off leaving only 5-6 inches.
Slice the leaf vertically with 1 centimeter wide. One leaf
should be able to make 18-22 strips. Then, the stripes are
sun-dries by hanging the top down to make them straight. After
being dries by the sun the green leaves will be changed to
2.Boiling and Sundry
Boil the Gapor leaves that have been sun-dried for a day to
make then soft. Leave them in the boiling water for 3 minutes,
and them dry them on the bamboo rack. The leaves should be
in a nice order to make them easy to turn over and easy to
collect. After leaving them on the rack overnight, leave them
in the sun for 3 days. After the leaves are dry, store them
in the shade away from the rain, water, and humidity. White
Grapor leaver are then colored as requred so that the fan
will have more beautiful design when weaving.
3.The Fan Frame Spray
warm water on dry Gapor leaves, then wrap them with a pieces
of fabric. Leave the leaves for 10-20 minutes to let them
dry, soft and strong enough so that it will not break when
weaving. When weaving, separate the leaves into two equal
groups on the left and right. The number of scrips on each
side are not fixed, it depends on the sized of the fan (e.g.
18 strips for a medium size and 22 strips for a large size.
4.Waving Place the prepared
fan frame on the floor with the fan handle pointed toward
the weaver. A weaver's foot is firmly placed on the handle
while the spreading out the strips. Weave the strips that
attached to the frame with another set of strips that bring
in to interweave. On the third strip that brought in, rearrange
the strip to make it orderly. Finish it o another side, then
bring both of the woven strips and weave them together again.
Then weave the strips with the Thai woven pattern by pulling
one strip up, another one down continually until it is finished.
Use colored strips to make colorful fan.
5.Finish Up the Upper Top
Make sure the woven strips are tight, then the rest of the
strips also need to be woven down toward the handle. After
finishing up the upper top, the rest of the strips can then
be formed to make the handle.
6.Finish Up the Handle
Use shot rattans or the bamboos to make the handle by curving
around the end of the body of the fan. Use the rattan rope
to wrap tightly and delicately around the handle. Finally,
make ring at the end of the handle.