Schach (Bamboo Mats)
All Bamboo (Schach) Mats are made from Raffia.
Raffia is a fiber obtained from the raffia palm of Madagascar, exported for various uses, such as tying up plants that require support, binding together vegetables to be marketed, and weaving baskets, hats, and mats. It is also made into a native cloth that is exported as rabanna. The raffia palm (Raphia farinifera or R. ruffia) is crowned with enormous leaves that may be as much as 65 ft (19.8 m) long and composed of 80 to 100 leaflets. The fiber, which is soft, pliable, strong, and non-shrinking when wet, is torn in thin strips from these leaves. After being dried in the sun, raffia takes on a yellowish-tan hue, but it is often dyed other colors. [Source: Columbia Encyclopedia]
Bamboo poles or wood slats are needed to support the mats and may be purchased at your local hardware store or lumber yard or in Los Angeles at our Sieger Sukkah location.