Ethical and beautiful woven placemats for your table
Each placemat in our collection has been crafted by women weavers in the mountain kingdom of Eswatini, so you can be sure of their exceptional quality.
“Looking at beautiful things is what makes me the happiest.” Ali MacGraw
Our placemats certainly are not just useful, but also things of beauty. Buy them if you appreciate stunning and durable statement pieces in your home.
To enjoy your placemats for many years to come, please ensure you:
Wipe them with a slightly damp cloth to clean them.
Don’tmachine wash (this would ruin their shape).
Don’tleave in direct sunlight (this preserves the beautiful colours for longer).
How these placemats are made
Lunditzi grass is harvested sustainably every year from the Eswatini mountains. The long grass is then dyed in a variety of non-toxic colours and expertly woven, using traditional Swazi plaiting techniques.
About Gone Rural
Gone Rural weaves together communities in Eswatini, empowering women, supporting children and bringing hope by creating sustainable employment, entrepreneurship, healthcare and education.
Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over 40% of its population live on less than US$ 1.25 per day. Because of unfavourable climate conditions and low agricultural productivity, poverty is widespread.
Fair-trade benefits to communities
Your purchase will help support Gone Rural’s boMake (translation: “women”), a dedicated not-for-profit organisation that supports communities in which their female artisans live.
boMake was founded by Gone Rural in 2006 and focuses on training, health and education, as well as women’s empowerment.
We only use recycled or non-plastic packaging, so your purchase will be better for the planet, too!
Once you place your order, we will dispatch your candle within 2-3 working days. (Please note there may be delays during Covid.)
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