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nations were crowned with gratifying success since 1882, and of late years he has shipped large stocks to America and Australia, where his hats are much admired. The method of making the hats is most interesting to witness. The tools employed by the natives consist of a knife, a wooden board with a hole equal to size to the crown of a hat in it, and a flat-headed nail. The bamboo is first of all cleaned, the outer covering is stripped off with the knife and the inner portion exposed to the dew at night and to the heat of the sun by day for a period of 48 hours. The "ext step consists of cutting the bamboo into pieces at every knot, and these pieces are split into blades 3 to -I inches in width. These are again sP'it, and only the hard portions retained, the centre, being too soft, is thrown away as useless. Many cuttings of the blades are made until the desired width for the tapes is attained, and then the material is handed to women and children, who weave the hats. The length of time required to finish a hat varies from two days to as many months, according to the quality desired. The districts of Tangerang and Bantam supply most of the hats for export. Tangerang is only a few miles from Batavia, affording a most pleasant motor ride, the return journey occupying about hours.