Product code: 60111103
Lend your table a natural look with this oval placemat from Gone Rural. Made from Luntindzi and Sisal grass, this oval placemat is tough and durable and can be wiped clean after use for your convenience. The edge of the placemat has a lighter colour and the design suits a range of home interiors.
Lutindzi is the original material that inspired Gone Rural's products. Sourced from the mountains of Swaziland, the grass can be dyed a variety of colours and woven into a range of shapes and designs. It is sustainably harvested by cutting above the root and is proven to be waterproof and stain-resistant due to its strong, waxy finish. Sisal, a regenerating weed from the Lavumisa area of Swaziland, provides a fine fibre that can be dyed a spectrum of bright and light colours. Both fibres are dyed using environmentally friendly German dyes imported from South Africa.
The plaiting technique - a traditional method, unique to Swaziland and passed on from generation to generation - has been used since Gone Rural's inception to create placemats, coasters and bread baskets. It involves using a dyed fibre, such as lutindzi, which is braided into long strands. These plaits are then woven, coiled, shaped and sewn together to create a range of products.
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- Care instructions
- Wipe with damp cloth. Do not machine wash. Do not leave in direct sunlight.
- Country of Origin
- L32 x W26cm
- Lutindiz and sisal grass
Gone Rural a provides fair and sustainable income to skilled women weavers in rural Swaziland. These women are talented artisans, breadwinners and businesswomen who use their home-based work with Gone Rural to overcome some of the challenges of rural living and enhance the lives of their families and communities. Since 2009, the weavers have elected leaders from each of their groups to sit on a Rural Artisan Board. This tier of leadership is involved in aspects of the company and is specifically tasked with representing the needs and interests of the artisans. Gone Rural's weavers are the inspiration behind signature pieces, illustrating their leadership, strength, creativity and family values. Many groups are multi-generational, with intricate weaving skills passed down from mother to daughter. The women are constantly challenged with new patterns, shapes and designs to weave, making Gone Rural the innovative company that it is.More from Gone Rural