Our Story

Ravinala offers a range of stylish and ethical fashion accessories all meticulously and intricately hand crafted by our team of skilled artisans in Madagascar using only the highest quality materials, traditional techniques and current design trends.

Ravinala combines award-winning design with traditional Malagasy skills to create unique and eye-catching accessory collections that are ethically created and crafted. Good things take time, and since being founded in 2010 Ravinala has become one of the highest-quality fair trade raffia accessories producers in the UK and internationally committed to investing directly into community at a grass roots level in Madagascar, officially one of the world's poorest countries.


Ravinala continues to train and work directly with local people in rural communities in Madagascar and have done since the very beginning. There is no middle importer or hidden source. Each product is produced in an ecological and socially fair manner by educating, training up and employing all our own staff. We ensure that all our materials are sustainably sourced, and where possible we choose natural fibres and materials. All our profits are reinvested directly back into developing this social enterprise project in Madagascar. 

 

Find out a little more about the person who made your bag or throw!

 

Fara
Fara.

A woman of many talents Fara is an exceptional basket maker, a diligent house guard and farmer, and a loving mother to her 6 children.

Hasina
Hasina.

Our leather worker Hasina learnt everything from scratch and has grown so much. She can now pay for her children to be schooled and soon build a house.

Viviane
Viviane.

Our creative and experienced workshop and training supervisor Viviane ensures the highest quality in production! She loves singing and wants to be a manager one day.

Vonjy
Vonjy.

Vonjy has been learning with our craft lessons for about a year where he often got the highest marks for finish! One of his main jobs is putting the rivets on the handles.

Lily
Lily.

Always laughing and joking Lily really loves her work with Ravinala and is really excited to see Ravinala grow and grow.

Marthe
Marthe.

Marthe helps with making many of the baskets but her first passion is teaching children and making lots of different crafts with them.

Hanitra
Hanitra.

Hanitra is a Mum of 3. She does many odd jobs for Ravinala including cutting out and fitting handles. She is also part of the Scripture Union family ministry.

Nossy
Nossy.

Nossy used to be a fisherwoman but now is responsible for lining materials. Working with Ravinala has enabled her to buy a cow, pig, sewing machine and a boat!

Ranto
Ranto.

Our very own cushion specialist (and expert basket maker) Ranto loves her work so much she bought a sewing machine to make things in her spare time.

Sahondra
Sahondra.

An expert seamstress who loves to make dresses in her spare time, Sahondra also has five children.

Seraphine
Seraphine.

Another of our most experienced basket makers Seraphine has been able to buy timber to build a new house for her husband and children.

Vivy
Vivy.

Never a more joyous person in the Ravinala workshop Vivy, a basket maker, has bought lots of new things for her house, and hopes to build her own home soon.

Tantely
Tantely

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Berthine
Berthine

Berthine is one of the group responsible for cutting out and preparing materials ready for manufacture.

Felana
Felana

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Vololona
Vololona.

One of our expert basket makers, Vololona loves working with the Ravinala crew and working with her own sewing machine she recently bought.

Marinah
Marinah

Marinah was delivering grass for cow food. When we advertised for a new person to do the applique on our industrial machine, she surprised us all by saying that she had used one before in a garment factory! She has 2 children and is loving the good income she is making now.

Yvonne
Yvonne

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