Handwoven Palm Placemats

Handwoven Palm Placemats

Description

Set of 4 placemats, handwoven by skilled artisans using time-honored techniques in Rabat, Morocco

Product Type:
  • Placemat

Product Details

  • 100% palm leaf with raffia fringe
  • Sold in a set of 4
  • Approximate diameter: 15.7” (40 cm)
  • Natural variations in size and color are inherent to all handwoven products

Curator's Notes

The Design

A classic palm placemat with a cheerful fringe, this piece adds a dose of casual sunshine to any table.

The Material

Palm fiber is a staple raw material from Morocco which achieves its golden hue and tensile strength from the sun. The freshly-cut palm leaves turn from green to gold as they’re sun dried for several days, and are then braided into strips which can then be woven. Raffia, from the raffia palm, is also sun-dried for texture and color, but left in thinner strips to be used as string or twine.

The Supplier

Our partner runs a very small co-op in Rabat, located in a craft marketplace known for pottery and basketwork. He inherited the tradition from his father, and now works with a team of 5 colleagues. Every step of their work is done by hand: harvesting, processing, and weaving the material into everyday art objects.

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