The place and the process
Most of coconuts are grown and produced in the coconut region of Vietnam. It’s “Ben Tre” where a lot of the world’s coconut bowls are harvested by a group of local farmers.
The vast majority of coconuts are used for their oils, milks and meat. By the time, the shells were simply burned at the end of every harvest to make more room to ensure there was enough space for new crops. But this has changed with coconut shell bowls.
Instead of wasting the shell bowls. Farmers now are able to make use of them by removing coconut meat and the husk and smoothening the sides down.
Once those shell bowls are smoothening, it is sent to local artisan workshops where they are finished with coconut oil, or shaped and engraved with various patterns or logos. We called that is the Art of Coconut.
How are coconut bowls made?
- The coconuts are chosen carefully and transported by trucks to a sorting facility where the meat and milks are harvested.
- By the time the meat and milk has been removed completely, we sort the coconut shells by its size, thickness, color and their years.
- The inside of the coconut is then scraped to get rid of any remaining meat and the outside husk is pulled off and sanded down.
- Those coconut shell bowls are extensively sanded on the outside and inside to create a beautiful smooth effect. After polishing the coconut shell bowls using organic coconut oil, those bowls are almost done for using.
- Our patterned bowls are then etched with unique designs by local craftsmen, providing more secured opportunities in the local communities, which will raise their standard living.