Weaving together tradition with innovation these beautiful grass placemats are hand made by rural artisans in Swaziland, providing home based employed for over 750 women.
Technique of Production
The plaiting technique, used since Gone Rural's inception, is used to create some our most popular pieces. It involves using a dyed fibre, such aslutindzi, which is braided into long strands. These plaits are then woven, coiled, shaped, and sewn together to create beautiful products such as our placemats.
Lutindzi - is sourced directly from the mountains of Swaziland. It is sustainably harvested by cutting above the root and is proven to be waterproof and stain-resistant due to its strong, waxy finish.
All our materials are dye using environmentally friendly German dyes imported from South Africa
Easy to clean with a damp cloth or brush with a tooth brush