Originally posted by @natgeotravel
Photo by @renan_ozturk // The story of the hand woven bamboo rope on @natgeo assignment! ~
After weaving thousands of small pieces of bamboo into a 100+ pound rope ladder, the rope is placed above the hearth. There it collects the soot and ash from the fire and blackens over time. I though this was pretty sketchy as it also makes the bamboo brittle but apparently it gives it a natural bee and insect repellent. Then it is transported for miles through the jungle to the base of the cliff for the honey harvest, a true feat of strength, balance and determination. Lastly just before Maule (The Last Honey Hunter) trusts his life to it, the team puts it in the stream getting it wet and supple again. I couldn’t imagine weighting it but they have used them for generations without an accident! ~
See @renan_ozturk for photos of the rest the process...