Raffia Bags & Placements
Obtained from a palm tree of the same name, raffia grows in tropical regions such as Madagascar, the Philippines, and Africa. These large leaves can grow as long as 60 feet and since each branch contains 100 leaflets, it is a rich source of raw material for the manufacturing industry.
How Raffia Is Harvested
The leaflets of the raffia palm tree are cut and torn off in parallel lines and provide a fiber that is quite long and pale green in color. The strands are stripped and dried in the sun, which turns them into an attractive beige color. It is one of the main reasons why raffia bags look so gorgeous!
The dried strands are then sorted and separated as per their quality i.e. as per the length, texture, and color of the fiber. The qualities are sectioned off to be put into spools, braids, hanks, and balls. The material is also dyed and used to make raffia placements, raffia sisal trivets, and the aforementioned bags.
What Makes Organic Raffia Special?
Organic raffia is sourced from nature and holds dye well. The harvesting is done by locals rather than gas-guzzling machines, which can destroy the environment. Plus, the leaves are harvested only during June and October, which allows stripped branches to re-grow before the next season. The process is controlled by stringent government laws so no one can ruin the trees by over-harvesting. Plus, it is biodegradable!
Besides eco-friendly harvesting, the processed fibers are extremely soft to the touch and thus, gentle on the skin. Plus, products that are made from it can last for years and can be colored easily as well. It is one of the main reasons why raffia is a coveted material in the textile industry.
Unlike straw which it resembles a lot, raffia does not become brittle with time and is pliable enough that it can be adjusted for fit and shape easily. See for yourself by ordering raffia placemats, sisal trivets, and bags from 14 Degrees today!