As Intricate As Lace

In direct line with the traditional French bobbin lace method and using Malagasy highest grade of raffia, TANORA introduces the Lace collection, the jewel of our craft.


What makes French Bobbin Lace so special?

French Bobbin Lace is a style of lace making that involves twisting and braiding threads around wood bobbins to form intricate and delicate patterns. The process is labour-intensive and often involves multiple people working together to create large pieces of lace. This style of lace-making originated in France in the 16th century and became popular throughout Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Raffia lace, an intricate piece of art

French Bobbin Lace was brought to Madagascar during the colonial period in the late 19th century. The French taught the craft of bobbin lace to the local population. This art quickly took hold in Madagascar and became an important part of the local culture and economy. Today, Madagascar is known for producing high-quality French Bobbin Lace using both traditional and contemporary techniques, cotton threads and raffia.

Lace-making with raffia is similar to the traditional French one in that it involves twisting and braiding the fibres around bobbins to create intricate patterns. However, using raffia adds a unique texture and natural feel to the lace.

TANORA is lucky enough to count in its team a lace master who actively trains more artisans to avoid the loss of this wonderful craft.