How To Make Natural DIY Sago Bowl From Scratch | Tipakuoh Bidayuh

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Tipakuoh is a traditional Bidayuh bowl made from Sago tree branches that you can make on your own. Since ancient times the Bidayuh people have used Tipakuoh(a natural DIY Sago Bowl) in their daily lives for storing food, other dishes, and goods.

This homemade sago bowl is very durable despite being washed hundreds of times. To make it last longer, don’t soak it in the water or leave it too long under the hot sun.

Sago Trees Can Be Used As Food, Handicraft, Shelter

Sago trees have many benefits. The whole sago tree can be used as food, handicraft, and also to build bushcraft shelter. The sago trees contain sago flour.

If this sago tree is left to decay, it will produce Sago Grubs, which can be eaten raw, roasted, fried, or cooked in soup.

Sago tree bark can be used for a hut’s walls and floor. Sago leaves can be used for a roof. The branches are used when making Tipakuoh bowls.

Natural DIY Sago Bowl – Bidayuh Tipakuoh

The process of making Tipakuoh can be a bit complicated if you are not familiar with it. I personally struggled on my first attempt making one.

It can be difficult because you have to cut off the hard branches. But cutting the branches is easier than cutting down a whole Sago tree.

After cutting the branches, you need to slice and remove any unnecessary parts. The branch must be shaved down to the size of the bowl.

Clean the shaved section of the branch and then leave it under the sun for a few days.

Process of making DIY Sago Bowl – Tipakuoh

I use rattan as a rope or Tipakuoh holder. In this video, I use a young rattan tree. I could not find a mature tree to use, but those are preferable.

Rattan is a thorny plant. You are advised to be careful when handling this plant. Remove all thorns before removing the outer skin. Just take the white interior part.

Slice the white part into several pieces. After that, you need to leave it under the sun for a few days until it is strong enough to be used as a rope.

Once the rattan slices and the piece of the branch are dry, you can start making Tipakuoh. In this video, I use a nail to make a rope hole.

Please check out the video for a better understanding. With this Sago branch, you can make natural bowls and also baskets, bags, and other containers. Good luck!

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