Coconut shell bowl

Plants

People

Made with

Coconut

Made by Tarmiati

Time

Activities

2021

Eating

Place

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Tarmiati: I bought these coconuts from NTUC. Can also get from Giant. From NTUC, if you’re lucky, you get the young ones. If you’re not lucky, it’s very old already inside, but you can drink the water. I cut it, smoothen with sandpaper, and put in the sun to dry first.


Tarmiati is from Kediri, Jawa Timur, Indonesia.

Across our homes, coconuts are commonly used to make tableware like bowls, cups and ladles. Old bowls are biodegradable and can be repurposed as plant pots.


Tarmiati made a set of three coconut shell bowls for our Home, using fruits bought from NTUC. It was a craft activity she had wanted to try, having cleaned and stored the shells from some time back. The bowls she made were used to set our picnic table at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park during our Coconut Xchange engagement (28/12/2021).


In our Home, only one of the bowls can be found on display. The other two were restored to their previous forms before Tarmiati made them into bowls: bakiak batok/ kadang-kadang (coconut heel toys). The bakiak batok/ kadang-kadang toy is displayed together with other childhood games under the ‘Playing Together’ theme. Over a Facebook livestream, Tarmiati relived her childhood memories while sharing her process for making these bowls using a saw, sandpaper and hot glue gun.

Drying coconut shells. Singapore, 2021. Photo by Tarmiati.
Drying coconut shells. Singapore, 2021. Photo by Tarmiati.

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Polishing coconut shells. Singapore, 27/12/2021. Video by Tarmiati.
Polishing coconut shells. Singapore, 27/12/2021. Video by Tarmiati.

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Dehusked coconut fruit. Singapore, 2022. Photo by Tarmiati.
Dehusked coconut fruit. Singapore, 2022. Photo by Tarmiati.

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Drying coconut shells. Singapore, 2021. Photo by Tarmiati.
Drying coconut shells. Singapore, 2021. Photo by Tarmiati.

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