The long slender skeleton leaves come from the para rubber trees, while the heart shaped leaves come from the Bodhi tree. Despite their delicate appearance, they are quite tough and can be cut and are easy to dye, paint or glue.
Creating skeleton leaves is labour intensive. After harvesting the leaves, they are put in a solution that dissolves the flesh of the leaves. They are left to soak until the flesh has become pulp. After rinsing and drying, a beautiful lacy skeleton remains for use in paper and fibre crafts. Because of the manual process, as well as being a natural product, slight blemishes are normal.