A beach staple, our Mimosa bucket hat is handmade in Madagascar from raffia palm and features a super wide brim which can be styles to suit. This hat is totally packable too which makes for the perfect sunshine accessory.
Handmade in Madagascar from the native raffia palm tree that grows in the tropical rainforests. The tree has a short trunk which is used in house building if the entire tree needs to be cut down. However the branches can grow up to 18m long, so are often cut leaving the tree to continue growing. Each branch is made of roughly 100 smaller fronds and the leaves are peeled before being dried in the sunshine. They are then cut into thin strips and washed to flatten the strips before being dyed in large pots over open fires. The raffia is then laid out in the sunshine to dry.
Weaving is done in homes on a hand loom - roughly 250g of raffia is used to make a 180cm x 62cm panel and takes a day to weave. This can only be done during daylight as none of the homes have electricity - or running water. For the hats, shapes are cut before being sewn together.
NB: They don’t mind getting wet as long as they’re allowed to thoroughly dry out because the palm will become mouldy if left damp.