Martha Woven Placemats
Simple yet stunning placemats. Gorgeous as a set, or on their own. As well as looking divine, the thick woven rolls of palm leaves mean they are perfect for hot plates. Each piece is beautifully hand woven by our artisans in the tiny town of Coloso in the remote mountains of Colombia.
HAND WOVEN BY THE WOMEN OF COLOSO
Colosó is a tiny town, hidden deep in the Montes de María, whose land is strongly marked by the conflict. The people began weaving with iraca and plantain leaves centuries ago, using a technique called ‘rolling’, to create bags for the children’s school books and storage for around the house. The men travel to the coldest parts of the mountain by donkey where the palm leaves grow wild. Once picked they are washed, dried and dyed ready for weaving. A bunch of the dried palm leaves are taken and wrapped in another to create rolls, these are then stitched together to create the most stunning pieces reaching up to 2m in height.