Basketry Raffia

Plaited or crochet, the sundried leaves from the raffiapalm becomes hats and bags.

The pictures below show how the women on the Malagasy countryside, with varying technology and design, plait the sundried raffia palmleaves. The result is elegant hats, lace pattern makes them featherweight. The button on the bag is an interesting detail - it consists of a seed pod from raffiapalm.

Hats and bags can also be made by first braiding the raffiapalmleavs into band, which are thereafter stitched together. Below shows the artisan and designer Madame Mariette how a hat is handcrafted.

How women skilfully crochet hats and bags of sundried raffia palm leaves are shown on the photos below.