Raffia is the textured straw extracted from the skin of the unopened Buri leaf. The fiber is extracted from the young shoot or leaf of the Buri palm. The fiber is extracted in 3 stages: Stripping the outer leaf sheath; stripping the second leaf sheath; and stripping into different sizes. It is loom-woven into fabrics or used as wall coverings, upholstery material, folding doors and window hangings.
Distribution: Throughout the Philippines: widely scattered in some regions; abundant in low and medium altitudes. Abundant in Bohol.