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Madagascan Basketry

Manufacturer & Wholesaler in Baskets from Madagascar

Since 2005, Tongasoa-Artisanal offers you a whole range of baskets, tote bags, bags and hats made in Madagascar, Morocco and Ghana, in a 100% traditional way with natural plant fibers.

All our products are handcrafted by local artisans from natural materials. We attach great importance to the entire manufacturing process from fair trade, in order to guarantee optimum quality and respect for the environment.

Our products come from crafts from around the world, in particular from Madagascar, Morocco and Ghana (brand and models protected).

Interruption des livraisons jusqu’en Janvier 2023

Toutes les demandes de devis et les commandes de nouveautés passées jusqu’à fin décembre seront traitées à partir du mois de janvier.
Les livraisons se feront à partir de janvier 2023, avec le contenu du premier conteneur qui arrivera fin décembre. Un deuxième conteneur arrivera fin mars.
Les nouveautés commandées après le mois de janvier seront livrées au mois de juin, avec l’arrivage des derniers conteneurs.

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Method of payment: bank transfer and VAD payment (credit card by phone)
The minimum order is €300 excl.

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Discover all our models of baskets, bags, tote bags and hats

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: Aravola baskets, Maso Voatoaka, Sobika. Vegetable fibers and leather. Rabane, raffia, sisal, penjy and bouzaka.

Sobika

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: lady's bags, handbags, Vaovao, raffia, rabane, embroidered, ball, patchwork, in vegetable fibers and in leather.

Lady bags

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: basketwork from Madagascar. Dressed rabane with pouch. Vegetable fibers and leather. Assorted colors.

Malagasy basketry

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: Aravola baskets, Maso Voatoaka, Sobika. Vegetable fibers and leather. Rabane, raffia, sisal, penjy and bouzaka.

Children's Bags

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: bags and cabas rabane, lace, embroidered, scarf, ball, burlap and recycled jeans, patchwork, assorted colors.

Bags and Totes

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: Aravola baskets, Maso Voatoaka, Sobika. Vegetable fibers and leather. Rabane, raffia, sisal, penjy and bouzaka.

Art & Decoration

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: Baskets Aravola L, XL, XXL Embroidered. Dressed rabane 2 sides all color with several choices of embroidered patterns.

Embroidered baskets

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: hats, capelines, caps, borsalino, panama, bolso, crochet, braided, raffia, rabane, sisal, bohemian, trendy, western, moss stitch ...

hats

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: baskets and beach bags in vegetable fibers and leather, raffia, sisal, penjy and bouzaka.

Beach bags

Wholesaler in Malagasy crafts: baskets, bags, crochet tote. Vegetable fibers and leather. Bohemia, shopping, travel, luggage, vegan, vintage, Tote Bag,

Crochet Bags

Wholesaler in Moroccan crafts: doum baskets, baskets, shoulder bags, palm tree, rush, straw, raffia, long or short leather handle.

Moroccan crafts

Ghana handicrafts wholesaler: Bolga and Paga baskets in savannah grasses, assorted colors, different shapes and sizes.

Baskets from ghana

Making baskets from Madagascar

Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world (587,040 km2) and has enormous natural resources. The best known are natural plant fibers such as raffia, sisal, penjy and bouzaka ...

Tongasoa Artisanal, manufacturer and wholesaler in baskets from Madagascar, promotes Malagasy craftsmanship throughout the manufacturing process of its products.

 

The manufacture of baskets from Madagascar is artisanal

She uses techniques that respect nature. For example, to tan leather, chlorine is replaced by water and bark so as not to pollute rivers.

Rabane and langara are also techniques used for weaving. In common parlance, we speak of Malagasy baskets in raffia, rabane, langara, penjy, Bouzaka, Aravola, without however making the difference between the technique and the vegetable fiber.

Raffia, penjy and Bouzaka are natural fibers and rabane and langara are weaving techniques.

So the Madagascar basket making est effectuée par des villageois dotés d’un savoir-faire traditionnel artisanal unique. La confection de paniers, de sacs, de cabas brodés, de chapeaux est totalement réalisés à la main ou avec des machines traditionnelles à tisser.

Les techniques traditionnelles de fabrication et l’utilisation de fibres naturelles respectent l’environnement et participent au développement du Commerce Équitable. L’entreprise Tongasoa Artisanal, en s’engageant dans le commerce équitable et le développement durable avec l’utilisation de matériaux éco-responsables, souhaite vous proposer les plus beaux accessoires de mode à la fois Fashion, Tendance et Chic, et associés à une forte vision écologique et éthique.

Tanning of zebu skins for artisanal manufacturing
handles and reinforcements in 
vegetable leather.

But vegetable leather, what is it… in fact vegetable leather is quite simply… leather. What changes and allows it to be called vegetable leather is the tanning process. For classic leather, highly polluting products, such as heavy metals, and more particularly chromium, are used when tanning, and all these products are discharged into rivers near the tanneries, causing serious pollution of water and soil, vegetable leather is tanned with active… vegetable products? Our craftsmen use wood (mimosa chips), in their tanning processes, the skins are soaked in a large tank filled with water and the bark is placed between each skin during soaking which can last between 3 to 8 weeks. It is the process that uses the least amount of chemicals.

Plant fibers & weaving techniques used in the manufacture of baskets from Madagascar

Raffia

a plant fiber that comes from the leaves of a palm tree, called a raffia palm. Raffia is a completely ecological product. Indeed, its extraction allows to maintain and regenerate the forests in Raffia while providing an income to the local populations. The fiber is obtained from the leaf of the raffia palm tree through various techniques and manual operations. It can be used in its natural state or be tinted.

The rabane

it is a weaving made from raffia fiber, they are made one by one on looms of artisanal manufacture. Standard dimensions, minimum 53/55 cm wide and minimum 1.60 / 1.65 m long.

Langara

it is also a weaving made from raffia fiber. It is found in rolls with a width of 60, 90 or 120 cm by 50 meters long. There are three qualities: Bourrue, Fine, Double fine.

The penjy

The “penjy” or rush is a material derived from the abundant reed in the salty environment near the mangroves of the coast. In Madagascar, the name of the rush varies from one region to another (penjy, vondro). It is widely used because it is inexpensive, it requires no special care, it is abundant and very handy.

The bouzaka

The "bouzaka" is a very hard and resistant grass used mainly in the basketry, for the baskets it is braided according to a process called Aravola (to pronounce aravoul) or Sobika, the name "basket in aravola" has also remained to name these bouzaka fiber baskets.

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