I don't know much about it, but this is the mesh/stringy part of the coconut tree around the base of the palm fronds. -
Prior to carbon, nylon, composites (which are natural aren't they...I mean nature provides the raw molecules for us to make cool stuff), I can image those wanting to rig their canoe, would be looking for fibre with which to form a lashing/rope. -
If you have ever tried to tear some of this stuff off a tree...well..put it this way...there is resistance. So the canoe is carved, the paddle is fashioned from the resources and you wake up in the morning and scout out some rope...it would be so interesting to know how to convert this natural fibre into something so essential.
Have to admire those lost ( maybe just not popular) arts..#xylobladz
Shoal Point Beach