Tropical Traders is very proud to be part of such a talented an amazing group of women from Madagascar.
All of the BESPOKE CUSHIONS displayed are hand dyed , and hand crocheted.
The NAVAJO are particularly spectacular in that there is a very delicate process in getting the raffia as thin and soft as they do to enable them to get such a fine finish on the discs. This is called MAILLE SERRE... The raffia yarn is rolled in stones and dyed using all organic materials such as hemp, henna, bark, soil, coffee, indigo, tea etc.
They are incredibly time-consuming and they can only produce about 10 per month amongst their little group. I do not believe that anyone else in south Africa or the world for that matter has these as Tropical Traders has developed and designed these exclusively with our crafters. We make the cushions up in Jeffreys Bay.
The other Bespoke cushions namely the Sioux are also made in the same way but these are dyed using tea. The Java and Shell stitch cushions are made up in Jeffreys Bay from Crochet panels that we have made in Madagascar.
These are not available in big quantities . We will have the at Sarcda but limited stock . GET IN EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.