Roanu Veshun ( traditional rope making in maldives)

Roanu Veshun:
The coconut husk is first buried in the beach within the reach of waves and left to soak for a month or so. It is then dug up and beaten with a wooden club, which separates the fibre. The fibre is then washed with seawater, dried in the sun and rolled into slubs. After that, the fibre are spun into rope by hand.

The making of roanu is locally known as ‘roanu veshun’. It is women that are mostly involved in roanu veshun. Traditionally, roanu was used in boats, construction of traditional houses or ‘fungi” houses, and to make the traditional hammock or joali.