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These bundles of knotted “Balla” are left on the roof so they are exposed to dew and sunlight. Once one side is dried, it is overturned. Initially, it is green. But it needs to dry up completely, otherwise it will rot while dying or using. It is stored dry. Only a little before use, it is kept in a small bucket of water to soften.
There are two grasses used here. "Kaasa" and "Sarpat" are similar looking grasses, the form being the same, but structurally, Sarpat is thicker and stronger, hence its skin is used for “Balla”, the outer weaving on the baskets. Kaasa is used as the filling. Both these are wild grasses and can be found in almost all areas. Only they are called by different local names in different areas.