Get to Know the Grass
Triangle Rush, nin4 cao3 (藺草) in Chinese, was also known as the mat grass, Dajia grass, triangle grass and dragon beard grass. The unique triangular leave extends to 150 cm and the long straight fiber makes it perfect for weaving. The unique characteristic of triangular rush is the special scent. The plant is grown in a flooded field, like the wet rice paddies. Domesticated triangle rush is harvested in three different seasons and the harvest of each season has a unique characteristic suitable for a unique product. Especially the harvest in autumn, the short, hard and flexible fibers, which are considered prime qualities of triangle rush and therefore more expensive, are suitable for weaving of grass hats and mats. The grass harvested in spring, on the other hand, is more suitable for beginner and the harvest of winter is often made into seat mats and small artworks.