RAFFIA

The production process with raffia:

Extraction of palm fibers
Natural raffia comes from the large leaves of the raffia palm tree. By pruning these leaves, fibers characterized by their resistance are obtained and with which different types of crafts are produced.


drying
To be able to work with the fibres, it is necessary to dry them for three or four weeks, depending on the climatic conditions.


Had
If we want the natural fibers to acquire colors, it is necessary to dye them by hand through a process that lasts two to three days. They are put in pans with water boiled with natural products and they have to be moved and shaken from time to time so that the color spreads through the fiber. Being a manual and natural dyeing, the color is never uniform, which makes the finished pieces more special.


Second drying
Dyed fibers need to be re-dried in a particular way. A process that must take place in the shade and that takes three to four days as long as the weather conditions are favourable.


Embroidery
The raffia embroidery technique is almost extinct. There are very few artisans in our country who continue to develop this art. Each pair of earrings takes between twelve and fifteen hours of work and each crown between thirty-two and forty, depending on the type of embroidery and the size of the pieces.