Bamboo winnowing tray

Plants

People

Made with

Bamboo, Rice

Shared by Themboi, Ince, Liza

Time

Activities

2021

Growing, Eating

Place

Our Kampung Garden

Ince: When you tapis, tapis [winnow] to separate the rice, all your hair will become grey, like an old lady.


Themboi: All grey! Because the powder fly all over your head...


Ince: When you do this, you wash hair also no use. Because everyday you doing the same.



Ince is from Waingapu, Sumba Timur, Indonesia. Themboi is from Chin State, Myanmar.

We first revisited winnowing and traditional ways of processing rice during our end-of-year Kampung Garden engagement (05/12/2021), using the bamboo tray that we had used for harvests (not the correct winnowing tray). Themboi was leading an activity to weave jewellery from marigold flowers, when she was reminded of childhood memories of winnowing rice. With vegetable scraps and marigold flowers, Themboi and Ince demonstrated winnowing.


The engagement was the first time that co-curators Themboi and Ince had met in-person (COVID complications with group size restrictions), but they had grown visibly closer and learnt more about each other by the end. Although they were strangers before and spoke different home languages, they were connected by a common passion for nurturing plants and the discovery of shared memories of growing and processing rice traditionally in their different homes (in Myanmar and Indonesia respectively).

Winnowing play. Singapore, 05/12/2021.
Winnowing play. Singapore, 05/12/2021.

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Winnowing demonstration with marigolds. Singapore, 05/12/2021.
Winnowing demonstration with marigolds. Singapore, 05/12/2021.

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Winnowing play. Singapore, 05/12/2021.
Winnowing play. Singapore, 05/12/2021.

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