"Haravola" is an extraordinary tough type of grass. It is so tough that it is not suitable as feeding for the cattle — but rather as an material for making sturdy crafts for everyday use, e.g. baskets. Harvesting the grass is done by hand. The grass is a wildgrowing perennial that grows back. The harvested grass is sun-dried and then braided into baskets and hats. The braiding can be done with different techniques and also in combination with other natural fibres, such as raffia palm leaves. The artisans’ name for the durable, silvery-green grass "Haravola" is a combination of "de hara" = material that can be used in a very thin layer and "vola" = silver. The botanical name of the grass is Lasiorhachis viguieri or Loudetia simplex subsp. Stipoides.
The photos below show how the grass Haravola grows, is harvested, dried and with different braiding techniques crafted to baskets and hats in La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE assortment.