The placemats are produced by braiding long strands of luntindzi grass together. These plaits are then woven, coiled, shaped, and sewn together.
Lutindzi grass is harvested directly from the eSwatini mountains. The sisal, a regenerating weed, is sourced from the Lavumisa area.
All the materials are dyed using environmentally friendly German dyes imported from South Africa.
Easy to clean with a damp cloth or brush with a tooth brush/sponge.
32cm / 12" - this may vary slightly due to the placemats being handmade.
Gone Rural is a Swazi handcraft company inspired by women weavers, using creativity and design to ignite change on a community level through ethical, handmade products. Gone Rural began as one woman's vision to empower women in Swaziland's most remote areas, and has grown to offer income to more than 780 rural women artisans.
Our women are skilled weavers and are at the heart of everything we do, as we aim to provide them with sustainable income, decision-making powers and creative outlets. Our products range from functional home ware to gallery pieces, with traditional weaving techniques reinterpreted into new and innovative contemporary designs.
Inspired by the lutindzi grass of the mountains of Swaziland and the women leaders of rural communities, Gone Rural transforms the indigenous art of weaving into high-quality products that are showcased and loved all over the world.