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History of Raffia Branches

Raffia branches grow naturally in the rain forest in West Africa. They could reach 7 feet tall. They have many uses, they are used to build houses, they are used to makes baskets or other house utensils. Raffia cones are raffia fruits cut at a certain maturity and dried. The cones are then pierced. The cones are shiny and smooth when they are dried, they are fragile and break easily.

Raffia fruits are edible, they have a thin layer under the shell that can be eaten.

The bouquet is handmade by farmers. Branches are cut manually. They are then manually dyed and dried. The branches are beaded by women. As fair-trade, branches and cones are bought from farmers at a fair price.

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