Making Brooms - a cottage industry

The broom straw is grown on irrigated desert land.  The farmer cuts and bundles it, and piles it along the field road. There it's weighed and sold by the kilogram to the broom maker who carts it away to the drying area. 

When the straw is dry,  it's cut a little long and then attached to the broom stick.

This straw has been dyed green.

After the straw is attached to the stick, it is de-seeded and then pressed and stitched to form the broom shape.  

In the final step the straw is cut to the proper length which will cut off the ragged ends.


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