Two weekends ago, we hopped in the car and drove 90 minutes south to the town of Ambositra, the wood-carving capital of the island. While there, someone pointed out where we could find raffia handmade items. We climbed up a steep trail and emerged at the top of the hill outside a traditional Malagasy house. We were warmly welcomed in with a “Mandroso!” There we met a sweet elderly woman sitting on the floor of her bedroom amidst a sea of various shades of dyed raffia. She was weaving away. Her name was Delphine and at 81 years old, she is still working. She’s been weaving raffia for over 60 years. I’m always thrilled when I meet the makers of the wonderful art that’s here in Madagascar.
Note the chicken walking behind Delphine!
Eliana loving her new raffia purse compliments of Delphine