What is Grass Straws?
The grass straw is made from the grass plant (also known as the eagle tree, the sedge plant) with the scientific name Lepironia articulate, with a stiff body, about 8–10 mm wide, about 1m high. Grass often grows in alkaline water in the Mekong Delta. In the past, farmers used grass to make handicrafts such as knitting cushions, carpets, sun blinds, bags, hats and roofs of huts, etc.
Origin of grass straws
Grass often grows in wetland provinces such as Dong Thap, Ha Tien, and Long An. Grass straws are a “strange” trend that has appeared since 2018; replace both rice straws, bamboo straws.
Large grass(from 1-2 years old) are still used today to make grass straws, completely natural and environmentally friendly. The grass is harvested and processed manually, which also helps the people in the West increase their income and stabilize their lives in this acidic, difficult-to-cultivate land. In addition, the roots and ecosystems on the grass areas are also a valuable food source for the Red-crowned Crane, an endangered bird. The planting, production and conservation of grass fields help farmers maintain this primitive land and preserve the natural ecosystem and rare creatures.