Our Mena large shawl is a timeless beauty with a powerful history.
Women in the central highlands of Madagascar are famous for crafting wild silk cloth called Lamba Mena. Lamba Mena is traditional silk cloth that is believed to hold sacred ancestral power. Although Lamba Mena literally translates as 'red cloth', the ceremonial cloth can also be woven with bold striping patterns including black, green, gold, and white.
This large shawl is completely hand-crafted (hand spun yarn, naturally dyed, and hand woven on a floor loom). The women of the Solidarity Cooperative craft each piece in their small village in the central highlands of Madagascar.
This shawl contains 100% wild Borocera silk, a species of silkworm only found in Madagascar.
Only natural dyes are used. The weavers use bark from the nato tree for the red dye. The dye is fixed, and will not run or fade. This beautiful piece will last a lifetime.
Your purchase directly helps a weaver in our cooperative support her family. It also preserves the cultural tradition of silk weaving in Madagascar.
Each piece comes with a lovely tag that tells the story of the silk and has washing instructions.
Washing instructions: Hand-wash with any kind of soap. Lay flat to dry. Iron while still damp to give it a lovely sheen. Separately, you can steam iron it on a low-ish setting to refresh it from time to time without washing. This also gives it a lovely sheen.
Dimensions: 21.5" wide x 80" long. This is what we call a "large shawl" which is wider than our small shawl size but about the same length.