DUFU: Oval Natural Woven Milulu Mat
Bring true organic texture and character to your interiors with DUFU, a natural woven floor mat, ethically produced in Tanzania. These handmade floor mats are woven by women of the Iraqw tribe, who originally migrated to Tanzania from Ethiopia and live in the Manyara Region and Singida Regions of the Northern Tanzanian Highlands.
Known as ‘Hhafta’ mats by the women who weave them, these mats are traditionally used as surfaces for grinding crops like maize onto, and also as mats for rolling out and sleeping on.
The milulu reeds used to produce these woven floor mats are often found in swamps and riverbeds, but also grown specifically for basket weaving and mat weaving. Its leaves are cut, split and dried before the weaving work begins.
By connecting this rural weaving group with access to the global interiors and retail markets, income earned from mat weaving enables women to support their families more sustainably throughout the year. Women who weave these floor mats use their earnings to pay school fees and healthcare bills and to make vital home improvements such as replacing their thatched rooves with more robust iron sheeting. Some families have even been able to build new homes from clay brick with their weaving incomes, and to invest in livestock like dairy cattle.
Material: MILULU GRASS
76cm x 122cm (2.5 x 4ft)
It is advised to use a non-slip underlay if positioning the mat on a slippery surface (laminated or stripped floorboards and tiles).
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
HANDMADE IN TANZANIA
Our Tanzanian woven baskets make use of the country’s versatile milulu grass and celebrate the extraordinary weaving skills found amongst the people working within its network of village cooperatives. These fair trade baskets represent true sustainable style and ethical production.
These weavers – and all the weavers we partner with - are paid a fair and pre-agreed price for each basket they produce for us. The individual, depending on their skillsets and their availability for work, can choose their own volumes of work. Being able to work from home means that weavers – mainly women - can fit weaving in with their existing jobs and chores, and no income is lost travelling to sell at markets where haggling can reduce earnings considerably. Working as part of a weaving cooperative means that the business comes to them, and regular training is given so that the group can keep abreast of market trends, and stay competitive.
These woven baskets are familiar utility items in Tanzanian homes, woven to hold foodstuffs primarily. They find their place all over the modern home, bringing bags of ethical style and natural beauty to the kitchen or bathroom, living room, the utility room and the playroom.
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