Raffia fabrics are made from Raffia Palm. Raffia is a genus of palm family Arecaceae encountered in swampy areas and along rivers, growing in Madagascar, Central Africa and Central and South America. Raffia fibers have many uses especially in textiles ( to make clothing) and in construction (ropes, ties).
Raffia fiber is made from the membrane on the underside of each individual frond leaf. The final result is a long strong fibres which can be dyed and woven as a textile into products such as handbags, hats or shoes.
In madagascar, raffia fiber are used to make Lamba, a traditional garment wore by Men and Women. There is different type of Lamba made with different types of fabrics. The one made of silk and Raffia is called, Jabo-Landy.
In Gabon, Raffia fiber is also used to make traditional fabric.
Today, raffia fabrics are used in fashion to make beautiful pieces . Here an example below.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamba_(garment) ;
Would you were an outfit made in raffia ???