1949: Mr M. A Nnadozie and four of his pupils from Umulogho School Nsu. Okigwi District.

They were demonstrating an initiative adopted by many schools at the time to introduce various “uncommon handiworks”  like bag weaving, basket making and carving.

In Umulogho school Mr Nnadozie said “The making of long floor mats might well be developed into a village industry to replace the indian and other imported fibre mats now on sale in many of the large stores”

The twine used was made from the bark of a plant botanically called Firmiana Barteri ( Ufuku in Igbo)