Below information will let you know the history of the raffia fabric.What is the raffia fabric made of?
What raffia fabric could be made and where could you find the fabrics.
What is raffia fabric?
Natural raffia is like straw material. It is obtained from palm trees. It is planted in Madagascar, the palm trees are also easily planted in East Africa as several years' transplantation. They normally look like other palm trees, but there are also differences in comparison. For example, It has a short trunk and large leaves-and the palm tree has the largest leaf of all plants on earth: 25 meters length and 3 meters wide. Each palm branch is composed of nearly 100 leaves.
In order to make raffia yarn, local collectors cut the leaves and dried them. All the fresh raffia palm leaves are green color and turn beige after drying. The grass has good plant fiber properties and is commonly used to weave a variety of ropes or make them for household use. such as baskets or dustpans. In addition, local residents also use it to weave a traditional fabric called Labana fabric(raffia fabric) and use it to sew into traditional ethnic characteristics long skirts. The raffia fabric woven by machine has a more delicate and soft texture, which can be used as a wall decoration or made into clothing, hats, handbags and other accessories. Later, it was woven into different patterns of raffia fabric with a vertical knitting machine, which is more widely used in home textiles. People also could order the raffia fabric by the yard or by the meter. Inquiry the pattern
What is raffia cloth?
Raffia fabric is also called raffia cloth or raffia upholstery fabric. The Kuba people are experts in raffia fabrics' craftsmanship. The raffia fabric is woven with a vertical single heald loom or hand-made. With the good plant fiber properties of raffia, people weave them into a variety of textured fabrics, and the texture is very light, fluffy, Insect-proof, it will not be moldy and discolored as the time passed, and it has high strength, and is resistant to abrasion and waterproof.
Because the raffia fabric looks like straw, some people also call them raffia straw fabric. and now there are many raffia fabrics made of polypropylene and polyethylene.so it is also called artificial raffia fabric or faux raffia fabric.
Which Material Is Substitute Material Derived Of The Natural Raffia Fabric ?
What is PP raffia fabric ?
Most Raffia fabrics are imported material and made of natural raffia yarn, which is very expensive. It has been recognized by the international market because of its strong toughness and extraordinary quality. The material appearance is smooth and the texture is refreshing,It is extremely strong and waterproof. Because this material has a single origin and is expensive, it is difficult to be widely used, Then there is a perfect substitute material derived---PP raffia fabric.
PP Raffia Fabric is made of PP raffia yarn, it looks very similar to natural raffia yarn, The raffia fabric is imitating the rough texture of natural grass, it also enhances its softness and toughness, stronger durable, breathable, waterproof, and very easy to clean. So It is the most suitable material to replace natural raffia in the known fabrics.
What is Raffia String Or Raffia Ribbon And Raffia Plastic
The Difference of two materials
Raffia ribbon / raffia string is the raw material of raffia fabric. They are natural plant fibers, and their properties are similar to jute.
PP/PE raffia plastic actually is polypropylene or polyethylene. It is named as Raffia Palm and is considered to be an eco-friendly material. People design many colorful patterns as it is easily colored.
Weaving is a technique that organizes slender things by interlacing or hooking them together, such as woven sweaters, woven carpets, and various daily necessities. They can be crisscrossed to form a variety of beautiful patterns. It can be mountains and flowers or beautiful fairy tales. Weaving is a movement of fingers, it is also a way of sustenance and affection. Weaving is not only a craft but also a passion for life.
Weaving is the most common weaving of raffia fiber by hand. Hand weaving is more flexible and can be woven into various patterns and styles. Plain weaves and interweaves are the main methods, which can be woven into finished products or semi-finished products. Finished products: hats, bags, decorations, etc. Semi-finished products include tassels, decorative balls, flowers, hand decorations, etc.
Another way is crochet, crocheting is using crochet for the ferrule, just like knitting sweater, but more artistic. It can be woven into hats, shoes, placemats, etc. Crocheting requires patience and understanding to compile more distinctive items.
However, most raffia fabrics are woven by machines, it saves a lot of manpower, reduces costs, and make it closer to life choices. The weaving process is divided into weaving and knitting. Knitted fabrics are also more widely used in apparel fabrics, luggage materials and home textiles, Which are more popular for people
Raffia is also known as the wishing rope or love grass. At the same time, it is also regarded as love grass in the flower language, which means that people should treat love consistently and steadfastly. Many famous brands often use it for the design of hats, bags, handbags, and even widely used in various indoor and outdoor home decorations, such as pillows, cushions, floor mats, placemats and tablerunners
How Many Properties Of PP Raffia Fabric ?
Raffia fabric upholstery home decoration products made of PP raffia fabric are environmentally safe, recyclable, formaldehyde-free, skin-friendly, non-allergenic, and insect-resistant. They will not become moldy and discolored due to the long storage time. It will not fluff due to friction, and it is also anti-static, not easy to break, has good air permeability and waterproof, It is very easy to clean.
In our opinion, usually the fabric is not easy to clean if dirty by the stain. But this pp raffia fabric is not. You will be happy to see from the video how the fabric is fast to be cleaned.
Raffia can be found in Madagascar and East Africa, now could also be found in Chinese and Indian. E Stronger Woven is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers with more than 20 years of production experience. It is specializing in the production of PP raffia fabrics. You can often find her at the Canton Fair and Shanghai Home Textile Exhibition.Also could find her partner at various home textile exhibitions in the world.