This cloth, known as Lamba Landy, is made of the wild Borocera silk
found only in Madagascar. The women of the Firaisankina Cooperative
weave these fabrics using techniques that have been handed down
mother-to-daughter for generations.
The fabrics are made from wild silk cocoons which are harvested from
native tapia trees. The women hand spin the yarn and use all-natural
permanent dyes made of tree bark, leaves, clay, and other various
types of plant matter. Formerly worn by Malagasy royalty, this regal
cloth is currently a women’s high fashion item in Madagascar, and is
also gaining interest from international boutique markets.
This cloth may be hand-washed and laid flat to dry.