When I understood that this cucumber cousin
holds the sponge I have seen in bathrooms
all over I decided to grow Bucha in our pergola.
Bucha or Luffa cylindrica was first described by
Carl von Linné , but received the name
from Johann Jakob Roemer.
Said and done. Bucha growing in the pergola.
All plants gave fruit apart from the one that were cut
down by misstake (I hope) by our Gardiner...
When the Bucha is fully grown and ripe
it is harvest time.
The seed pod just inside the green peel is
what we want to harvest unharmed.
The seed pod is then cut open and washed clean
and all the seeds are removed .
After drying in the sun and cleaned again the magic
sponge material is ready to be used.
My thought was to create a new shape
using pieces of the
Bucha seed pod as well
as well as whole ones.
Working at the veranda at Casa da Ilha
I stocked up on dried Bucha seed pods.
By sewing the pieces of the Bucha together with a
green organic cotton tread I am starting to learn what this
sponge material is capable of.
I like sewing by hand and used a simple
type of stitching that
secures with knots for durability.
Sometimes sitting in the garden
on a blanket stitching.
A new form is slowly being born.
A hat type of shape.
The cut pieces of the Busha I
will use as well.
No waste of any kind preferably.
A hat shape (or a sea urchin?)
that I was born I
want to build a stand
or you could call it a hanger
attached with LED light this Busha
hat will become a luminescent
hat or we can call it a lamp.
Really in love with
this organic material
and the possibilities
Bucha at sun set.
Bucha in the morning.
Hat is Chapéu in Portuguese,
could be a good name.
Bucha - Chapéu seen from
above or from underneath
if you hang it in your ceiling.
Time to cut the green thread or
umbilical cord if you may.
The becoming of Bucha.
The workshop on the
veranda where I
have been cutting ,
sewing and creating.
I mean is it not fantastic
can create from
To create interior products with no negative
impact on our planet is the idea.
This is a good suggestion so far.
Stay in touch!