BLUSH: Dusky Pink and Natural Handwoven Placemat
Make room at the table for sustainable style with these exquisite round placemats, hand woven from indigenous lutindzi grass in rural Swaziland. A blush coloured rim encircles each of these handwoven placemats, framing a circle of natural fibre.
This wiry grass grows wild in the mountainous regions of Swaziland. Lutindzi is naturally waxy in nature which makes it water and stain-resistant and therefore ideal for tableware. Available to purchase individually, these placemats can be mixed and matched beautifully with other tableware items in this collection: we suggest pairing with LAVUSIMO Blush and LAVUSIMO Desert bowls which are available in a range of sizes – and our set of six matching coasters in blush and natural.
These baskets are meticulously woven by craftswomen working within fair trade cooperatives in rural Swaziland. Purchasing one of these colourful woven baskets supports the ongoing work of Gone Rural Bomake, a not for profit organisation empowering 770 artisans all over the country with the training and the means to create beautiful handicrafts from the local materials available to them. This organisation works to improve local healthcare, education and sanitation through the provision of this 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?