Raffia Basket Making Workshops
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are yet to release dates for this year's face to face workshops. Our online craft workshops and kits are always available though!
Our online How to Make a Raffia Basket workshop is one of the best online basket weaving workshops you can find. You'll join hundreds of others who have discovered the craft of basket weaving with this wonderful material. It's a fun, comprehensive craft tutorial suitable for all levels of basketry expertise - get inspired with our raffia basket weaving gallery below!
How to make a raffia basket
Weaving baskets from Raffia is a fabulous pastime. Raffia is also a very underrated fiber in my opinion. It was very popular in the ’90s to make raffia hats but that's enough of showing my age. Raffia is a wonderful material to use in basketry and it's easy to use too.
We will show you a range of basket making techniques (5 in fact) in our popular online raffia basket making course. In it, we teach you about using raffia, and will show you a range of coiling techniques, and stitches. You'll learn to weave around forms as well as make your own raffia baskets.
What is raffia?
Raffia is a natural material that is perfect for basket making. It comes from the leaves of the Raffia Palm usually grown in Madagascar. It is strong, pliable, and nice to use on your hands. You can dye it using natural and commercial dyes, and use it for many purposes.
Make sure when you're buying raffia it's good quality as it comes in different grades. Some raffia products are called paper "raffia" but that's a generic term and it is paper.