Tanora - Raffia Bags made in Madagascar
An idea born in 2014 on a road trip down the Great Ocean Rd let to the birth of Tanora – my partner and I were raised in Madagascan handicraft, it has been a family business since many decades. When we visited Australia for the first time, we got thrilled by Australian diversity and outdoor living style: craft markets, beaches, boutiques. We felt there was no better place than Australia for Tanora.

Tanora is the promotion of Madagascan ancestral handicraft with young, modern and refined touch. All our products are handcrafted from scratch in our workshop in Madagascar. We commit to a direct effort in keeping all aspects of production in Madagascar, not only out of fairness but with respect to customs and laws.

The weaving and crocheting of raffia is part of the traditional Madagascan handicraft culture. These ancestral techniques utilising traditional looms have become increasingly rare in the face of globalisation, as it has become cheaper to outsource and mass-produce products through modern machinery. An integral part of our mission is to maintain the human side and artistry of a craft native to Madagascar.

Also, today, Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. Tanora commits to an on-going effort to make sure that employees in our workshop in Madagascar are well-respected, fairly paid and over the age of 18. We actively encourage fairtrade work conditions in an effort to help the people of Madagascar find their own financial independence.

The Sand Bag from that collection has been nominated as a finalist in the handmade category for The Gift & Life Instyle Awards (GALA) 2018. The Sand Bag is the culmination of refined, minimalist design and beautiful materials crafted traditionally by way of weaving raffia on a hand loom. In short, clean lines in summer colours for sun-drenched days.

Website: https://www.tanora.com.au/journal/tanora-sand-bag