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    (5) How is amatl (amate) made?


     

    Amatl is made through a daunting process. Bark was stripped from wild fig trees from the base up to a branch.  The bark was then soaked in water to make the sap semi-solid or solid. After the sap was scraped away, to separate the fibers, the bark was boiled in an alkaline solution. The wet fibers were laid out in layers to dry. Dried fibers were beaten with rocks to fuse the fibers into pliable sheets that were suitable for painting once they had been stiffened with a coating of white lime. (Tuerenhout, D. p. 235)