Handwoven sun-dried leaves from the raffia palm become material for many different artisans
The weaving of raffia has been well documented since the 19th century, but can be assumed to have a much longer history in Madagascar. Weaving raffia palm leaves is still a craft practiced in the countryside, where it is a complement to the self-sufficiency economy. It is mainly the women who weave. There are some places in Madagascar that have made themselves known as particularly skilled at weaving raffia palm leaves: Andramasina, Ambatomanga, Fanandriana. Photos below come from one of these places (Andramasina).
After photos of preparation and weaving of raffia, follow photos of artisans who in their studios use the woven material (rabane) in the crafting of e.g. hats, bags, roses. - Products that are all genuine handicraft products in La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE assortment.