Close up image of a raffia and macrame wall hanging

Raffia Wall Hangings: A Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Decor Option

Are you looking for a unique and eco-friendly way to decorate your home? Consider adding a raffia wall hanging to your space. Stunning raffia decor pieces are not only stylish, but also handmade from sustainable materials, making them a great choice for the environmentally conscious. Keep reading to learn more about raffia and how wall hanging pieces made with this beautiful material can elevate your space. 

Closeup view of a raffia and macrame wall hanging

Image 1: Closeup view of a raffia and macrame wall hanging

Supporting sustainable and ethical home decor choices

As consumers become more aware of the impact their purchases have on the environment, there has been a growing demand for sustainable and ethical home decor options. Raffia wall hangings are a great example of a product that meets this criteria. Raffia is a natural fibre that is harvested from the leaves of the raffia palm tree, which is native to Madagascar. Raffia is also grown in many other different regions of Asia and South America. Because it is a renewable resource, raffia is a sustainable choice for home decor. Additionally, many raffia wall hangings are handmade by artisans, providing fair wages and supporting local communities. Raffia is a semi waterproof, lightweight yet strong and durable fibre. By choosing raffia wall hangings for your home, you can feel good about your purchase knowing that it is both stylish and environmentally responsible.

Are all types of raffia available in the market sustainable?

There are synthetic raffia types widely available in the market. It is important to find out which raffia is used to manufacture your home decor pieces before making your purchasing decision. There are two types of manmade raffia: Paper raffia and plastic raffia. Paper raffia is made out of wood pulp. And other form of synthetic raffia is made from polypropylene or nylon which are types of plastic. These types of raffia are manufactured in factories and are not eco-friendly options. There are also dyed natural raffia used for art and craft. This type of raffia is also harmful to the environment if the  colouring process involves chemicals. Therefore, it is important to understand what raw materials are used to make your raffia art before making your purchasing decision.  

Natural raffia strands used to make raffia wall hangings at The Footprint

Image 2: Natural raffia strands used to make raffia wall hangings

How to incorporate raffia wall hangings into your home decor?

Raffia wall hangings are a versatile and stylish addition to any home decor style. They can be incorporated into a variety of design styles, from boho to coastal to minimalist. One way to incorporate them is to use them as a focal point in a room, hanging them above a bed or sofa. They can also be used to add texture and interest to a gallery wall or as a statement piece in an entryway. Don't be afraid to mix and match different sizes and styles to create a unique and personalised look.

Woven raffia and cotton wall hanging hanged on a wall

Image 3: Woven raffia and macrame wall hanging styled above a sideboard to achieve a Mediterranean look

The natural rustic colour and texture of raffia makes it easier to mix and match with interior decor made with natural wood, neutral white cotton, clay etc. Raffia is definitely a summer favourite. However, decorating your home with raffia wall decor is a great way to invite summer vibes to your space even during colder winter months. Bringing summer vibes to your space all year round also means that your beautifully styled home is supporting you and your family to feel happy and cheerful all year round regardless of how gloomy it is outside during winter.

Raffia wall hanging styled above a sideboard

Image 4: Raffia wall hanging styled above a sideboard

So when you plan your next home makeover, don’t forget to incorporate raffia wall art made by local artists to create that relaxing and calming space for yourself and for your loved ones that you always dreamed of.


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