CHIMUKA: Natural Raffia Placemat

£ 7.50
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Make room at the table for sustainable style with this beautiful, one-off placemat, hand woven from raffia grass in rural Zambia. 

When the Kariba Dam - a manmade dam on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe – was built in the 1970’s, many people were displaced. The government and other parties set about to support these displaced people by training people in traditional and profitable crafts such as basket weaving, blacksmithing and woodwork. 

The groups who create these woven placemats are supported by such organisations, ensuring that they have the materials and the ongoing training to produce these placemats as well as ensuring that fair prices are paid. Basket weaving is a way of life in these communities; there is even a club at the local school dedicated to teaching youngsters this vital skill. You can meet the Zambian weavers here.




Dimensions: 30cm DIA

Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.


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