Our Banana Leaf Table Runner has been handwoven by Fair Trade rural weavers from Southern India. Woven on a traditional handloom, artisans twist banana fiber strips to create the weft and use yarn-dyed organic cotton as the warp. Based in rural hinterlands, most weavers involved in this enterprise weave as a family tradition from the comfort of their own home.
Historically, a banana plant bears fruit only once in its lifetime. Treated as agricultural waste, remains would head to landfills once the fruit was harvested. Instead, our partners have been able to transform what was once a wasted byproduct into a beautiful and natural handmade craft. Weaving has yielded these artisans a consistent source of income, and fewer members of the family, if any at all, seek casual labor work outside of the home.
This table runner is approximately 13" x 72". Created using banana plant fiber with a cotton blend, and edged with coconut leaf fibers and a hand-knotted fringe.
Each Table Runner has been individually loomed by hand and no two are exactly alike. Due to the handmade nature of each piece, there may be small marks and variations that add to the item’s patina, and tell a story of its unique history and significance. Please Contact Us if you have any specific needs or questions.
Wipe clean with a damp cloth or spot clean with a gentle soap solution and let dry.