Walis Tambo (Whisk Broom)
Walis tambo is a cultural icon of the Philippines. The tambo is more than just a broom. It is part of everyday life for Filipinos. It makes for shiny and clean floor. 🙂 It is handy and can be used anywhere in the house (but not the bathroom as a mop or a walis tingting might be more useful).
it is known as walis tambo because the soft bristles are made from the phragmites reed called tambo in the Philippines. The reeds flower in December and the blooms are gathered together to make the walis tambo, much beloved by Filipinos.
Like most Asian countries, many in the Philippines still sleep on bare floors over a thin covering of mats and blankets, therefore there is a need for clean floors.
The walis tambo, is so portable and noiseless that it is more useful than a vacuum cleaner to sweep and clean shiny wooden and tile floorings at any given time.
Marilou, my sister bought a couple of walis tambo to take back to Los Angeles, CA. She insisted to buy the broom from Baguio. Apparently the Baguio made are thicker, thus sweeps better, and last longer. You learn something everyday.