Nibbee fiber, from forest vine, is the most distinctive and appealing local product; it's used to make everything from hats to furniture. The Makushi of the southwest also sculpt forest scenes from the hardened latex of the balata tree. Other goodies include casareep (an Amerindian sauce made from cassava), crabtree oil (an Amerindian cure-all), boxes, spoons and bowls carved from tropical hardwoods, and woven, Amerindian-style baby slings.