R is for Raffia

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What is it?
Raffia fibre comes from raffia palms which are native to Africa. The fibre comes from the membrane of the fronds, which is then sorted according to its length, width, colour and texture. Raffia is very easy to dye, durable and pliable which makes it easy to work with.

A2ZR Tom Donald

raffia by Tom Donald on Flickr, CC 2.0

Where can I buy it?
You can buy raffia from most craft shops and even some supermarkets. It comes in an assortment of colours and weights as bundles, string or ribbon.

What can I use it for?
Raffia is a popular material used to make wreaths, baskets, placemats, hats and rugs. It can also be used to decorate many household items, gift hampers and presents. For loads of ideas and inspiration, head over to Pinterest.

Why do you like it?
I love how easy raffia is to use when decorating a project. It’s especially good for spring crafts, I’ve found it’s great for making bird nests with!

What have you used raffia for? Do you prefer to work with bundles or string?

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