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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 of our products are handcrafted by local artisans from natural materials. We attach great importance to the entire fair trade manufacturing process, in order to guarantee optimum quality and respect the environment.
Our products come from crafts from around the world, in particular from Madagascar, Morocco and Ghana (brand and models protected).
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Method of payment: bank transfer and VAD payment (credit card by phone)
The minimum order is 300 €.
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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 everyday language, we speak of Madagascan baskets in raffia, rabane, langara, penjy, Bouzaka, Aravola, without however making the difference between technique and vegetable fiber.
Raffia, penjy and Bouzaka are natural fibers and rabane and langara are weaving techniques.
So the Madagascar basket making is carried out by villagers endowed with a traditional craftsmanship of quality, allowing them to make quality lined bags and tote bags completely made by hand or with traditional machines for tisser.
Thus, these techniques and these natural fibers respect the environment and participate in the development ofu Fair Trade. The Tongasoa Artisanal company is the vector of this quality of manufacture of baskets from Madagascar.
Tanning zebu skins for artisanal production
handles and reinforcements in vegetable leather.
But vegetable leather, what is it… in fact vegetable leather is simply… leather. What changes and allows it to bear the name of vegetable leather is the tanning process. For conventional leather, highly polluting products, such as heavy metals, and more particularly chromium are used during tanning, and all these products are discharged into rivers near the tanneries, causing serious pollution of water and waste. soils, vegetable leather is tanned with active ... vegetable products? Our craftsmen use wood (mimosa shavings), in their tanning processes, the skins are soaked in a large tank filled with water and the bark is placed between each skin during the soaking which can last between 3 to 8 weeks. This is the process that uses the fewest chemicals.
Plant fibers & weaving techniques used in the manufacture of baskets from Madagascar
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.
it is a weaving made from raffia fiber, they are made one by one on handcrafted looms. Standard dimensions, minimum 53/55 cms wide and 1.60 / 1.65 m long minimum.
it is also a weaving made from raffia fiber. It is found in rolls 60, 90 or 120 cm wide and 50 meters long. There are three qualities: Bourrue, Fine, Double fine.
The "penjy" or the rush is a material derived from the reed abundant in salty environment near the mangroves of the coast. In Madagascar, the name of rush varies from one region to another (penjy, vondro). It is widely used because it is inexpensive, does not require any special care, it is plentiful and very easy to handle.
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 (pronounced aravoul) or Sobika, the name "basket in aravola" has also remained to name these bouzaka fiber baskets.