Are these materials Greens or Browns?
Whilst searching around, I found this very informative page on gardenweb entitled 'How do I know the difference between GREENS and BROWNS?"
"A simple test to determine if your organic matter is a "green" or a "brown", is to wet it, and wait a few days. If it stinks, it is definitely a green. If not, it's a brown."
This has probably answered my query - I'll definitley have to do some 'testing'- but no harm in throwing it open to the community.
I forage around for the occasional wicker-work basket, laundry basket, bamboo screen etc, take them apart (definitely 'compost nut' territory, owing to the time and labour involved), and they make good composting material.
It's interesting to see the different materials that are used, and how they're constructed. As my photos show, a bundle of flat fibres, or hollow stems, is overwrapped with another material to form a long 'coil', which is used to make a laundry basket.
The first two photos are of a thickish material which becomes 'spongy' when soaked. Could this possibly be Water Hyacinth?
Although it's 'brown', it would still be classed as a Green.
In the 3rd photo, the longitudinal fibres are all solid, like some sort of grass.
In the last two ptotos the materials are hollow, showing a longitudinal and an end view. Amazing construction, as the completed 'coil' is the thickness of a human thumb.