Basketry Woven Sisal Woven sisal fibres are combined with plaited reeds and vegetable tanned leather to become baskets 1 Sisal (Agave Sisalana) – from many aspects a Sustainable. It is a hardy plant that grows well on poor, dry soil which is often unsuitable for other crops. The sisal plant is resilient to diseases and can be harvested regularly during many years. In this case, the sisal is even wild growing. Referring to FAO: Sisal is a renewable resource par excellence and can form part of the overall solution to climate change. 2. In Antapiabe, most people are self-sufficiency farmers in addition handicrafts. There are a lot of wild-growing sisal. The craft making generate cash income. 3. After picking, the fibres are manually extracted from the leaves. 4. The yarn is twined by hand to treads à 50 m or 100 m. 5. Readymade sisal yarn 6. Dying is made with dyes safe for health and environment. If the water is hot enough, a few minutes are enough for the sisal fibres to absorb the colour. 7. Now the sisal is beautifully blue 8. Dyed sisal is hung up to dry. 9. Grandma is a resource. 10. Mme Lanto sets up the piece in the handloom. The work is swift. 11. M Solo is weaving beside. After some 20 minutes the woven fabric is ready. 12. There are two homemade handlooms in the house. When they don’t use the handlooms, they disassemble and put the pieces by the wall. 13. Woven sisal, ready for delivery. There is no road to Antapiabe for motor driven vehicles. M Solo loads the woven sisal on his bicycle some 4km, where a tarmac road passes. 14. In the capital, Mme Hanta and M Mamtiana receive the woven sisal they have ordered. They use woven sisal to the outside of the baskets, plaited reeds (penza) to the inside. Woven raffia palmleaves to the outside of the bottom. (The baskets is made in two layers.) Ecological leather to the handles. 15. The plaited reeds gives shape, stability, durability to the basket. Reeds of this types grows commonly between rice fields and at Madagascar east coast. 16. The handles are made of leather tanned with mimosa leafs and twigs, free from chrome. 17. The handles are sewn onto the basket or fixed with rivets. The readymade basket with outside on handwoven sisal, inside of plaited reeds and handles of double sewn vegetable tanned leather. Click on the picture to find it in three different sizes and several colours in La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE assortment.