Nito Vine

Nito vine (Lygodium circinatum) is a plant belonging to the fern family that grows abundantly in the hinterlands of Mindanao in Southern Philippines. It is a vine growing as a secondary forest cover clinging to trees and rocks. This climbing fern is very common in the Philippines at low and medium altitudes.

The nito vine must be gathered first then exposed to sunlight to dry. It does not need treatment like soaking, scraping or hacking processes to enhance its natural beauty and color. The strip is taken from the innermost core of the stem, which is about the diameter of a pencil. The outermost layer of the stem has to be removed to get the strips. The raw strips are cleaned manually with a sharp improvised knife, taking at least two hours to clean a small bundle.

Nito processing has traditionally been a source of community livelihood in the rural areas.

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