Ilona hand woven raffia tote bag
Made in Mada raffia tote bag with centre cross-stitch detail & 2 pom-poms and one internal pocket. Designed in Australia and double-crochet hand woven in Madagascar. Approximately 34cm x 44cm x 10cm.
By creating work for the Madagascan locals, Made in Mada assists in maintaining traditional Madagascan crochet and weaving production and provides workers with a sustainable income. It means their income is now not only seasonal as they are given the opportunity to work all year round. The result of the locals working in favourable conditions, close to home and close to their families, is beautifully handcrafted pieces made with unmatched craftsmanship.
Made in Mada’s range is created from all natural, sustainably sourced fibres which mainly originate from the native raffia tree. Raffia palms grow in the middle of the tropical Madagascan rainforest and actually need to be harvested regularly to allow other fauna and flora to grow. The palm has a short trunk and leaves that may be up to 18m long! Each of these branches is made of nearly 100 smaller leaves which are cut and torn off in parallel lines.
The fibers harvested from these trees are often used in Madagascan culture to traditionally weave baskets and hats. Once treated, the fiber is soft, pliable, strong, durable, easy to dye, non-shrinking when wet, and biodegradable.