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Vetiver Placemat (Multiple Color Options)

Vetiver Placemat (Multiple Color Options)

Made by Marie Alexandrine Rasoanantenain

Regular price $25.00 USD
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  • Madagascar Country OutlineMade in Alasora, Madagascar
  • Handmade iconHandmade by Artisans
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About the Natural Placemats

Set your table with a one-of-a-kind style that will have dinner guests buzzing about your beautiful decor. The placemats are made of a vetiver grass, which fills your kitchen or dining room with a naturally sweet aroma. It's like having incense lit year-round, with the added benefit of protecting your table with a modern-designed placemats!

Use four or six placemats as table settings, or one to two placemats as table center pieces. Your tablescaping game is about to be elevated. (Ina Garten's got nothing on you!)

About the Artisan

Since her childhood, Marie Alexandrine Rasoanantenaina has been an artisan, sewing children’s Bermuda shorts with scraps of leftover fabric from her grandmother's seamstress business. She started her own business selling her handmade clothing door-to-door in the rural highlands commune of Alasora, Madagascar.

In 1988, the business started growing when she hired an employee to help with sewing and embroidery. Since then, Marie and her growing team of seamstresses have experimented with Madagascar's vast natural resources, creating natural dyes out of bark, leaves, and fruit pits.

The base of many of their creations is the vétiver root, an aromatic grass that grows abundantly in Madagascar and is traditionally used by the Malagasy people for roofing. Marie combines traditional weaving techniques with modern aesthetics to design her vétiver placemats, and carefully preserves the sweet aroma of the vétiver root.

The grass is grown and harvested by the men in the region, and then woven by the women. Marie further supports seamstresses in the region by providing training workshops to foster their marketing and business skills.

Care Instructions

Hand wash (recommended) or wash on cold, gentle cycle. Use mild detergent. Dry Flat. For ironing, do not iron directly on the placemat. Use a cotton shirt or fabric on top and then iron.

Materials

Vetiver grass and cotton. Dyes from natural materials, such as grounded lilac, grounded guava, or indigo leaves.

The dye ingredients are simmered in a large pot for about 16 to 24 hours. Once they are strained, the dye sits for a few hours before dyeing the yarn, cotton thread, or grass for about 20 to 30 minutes.

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