NATURAL: White and Natural Handwoven Placemat
Bring some ethical style to the table with these beautiful round placemats, hand woven from indigenous lutindzi grass in rural Swaziland. A white rim encircles each of these woven mats, framing a circle of undyed, natural woven fibre.
This wiry grass grows wild in the mountainous regions of Swaziland, and boasts a naturally waxy finish which makes it water and stain-resistant – perfect for tableware. Available to purchase individually, these placemats look particularly striking arranged with our set of six matching coasters, and our White Rim Bread Basket and LAVUSIMO Star Bowl.
A skilled craftswoman working within a Swazi weaving cooperative produced these placemats, in partnership with social enterprise Gone Rural Bomake. This organization now works with over 770 artisans across 53 communities spread over three regions of Swaziland: each group trained to specialise in a different craft that uses the unique natural materials available in their area. Since 1970, Gone Rural has been empowering women, supporting children and creating sustainable employment. You can meet the weavers from Swaziland here.
MATERIAL: Lutindzi Grass (Indigenous to Swaziland & grows wild in the mountains)
DIMENSIONS: 32cm W
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
Price is for one placemat, please select your desired quantity from the drop-down menu.
FAIR TRADE AND ETHICALLY HANDMADE IN SWAZILAND
The weavers are our life force - the sheer spirit of THE BASKET ROOM and the raw talent behind every fair trade basket we sell. Every woven basket has been worked on exclusively by one weaver, and each basket is their very own work of art before it becomes yours. Woven meticulously over a number of days, your basket has accompanied its creator on their daily errands from home to field to farm, enabling the weavers to earn a precious second income without having to give up their other jobs and responsibilities.
We’ve searched far and wide to partner up with the most remarkable artisans and networks of weaving cooperatives in Africa. We’re proud and privileged to regularly spend time with them all - getting to know the people, the raw materials and the harvesting, dyeing and weaving processes, first-hand.
The weavers take centre stage. These are their stories. Listen and share.
Where Are The Baskets Made?