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Jun 6th, 2015 at 8:58am
 
I was asked to repair my neighbor's basket the other day. I said sure. Found out I needed some stuff called Rafia, and well I'm impressed with it. It is very durable and abrasion resistant, and as far as I can tell it's easier to work with than the smaller sisal fibers. It's also very light weight too, and most importantly, natural Wink

Has anyone here actually made a sling out of rafia? I don't remember ever seeing one. Thanks
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Reply #1 - Jun 6th, 2015 at 2:29pm
 
Teg has made some and even grown some!
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Reply #2 - Jun 6th, 2015 at 4:07pm
 
Yes, I made a few slings out of raffia. But I was growing flax and not raffia Wink

Have a look here for some pictures of a sling and a few pictures while making it: http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1172017416/3240

A bit of discussion and some ideas: http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1367809518/5

More discussion about working with raffia: http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1383011079/8
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More pictures of a sling: http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1172017416/3775 (bottom of the page).

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lWbGHdonxng/UUfSlGUOIhI/AAAAAAAAAb0/laOoxpziPAk/s1600/... raffia sling made by Pikaru.

Raffia is a great material. I really like it. Only drawback: Crackers out of raffia degrade really fast.

After repairing that basket, could you please tell me about your experiences? If possible a few pictures Smiley? I'm really interested how you work with it.
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Reply #3 - Jun 9th, 2015 at 1:06pm
 
oh wow thanks those look cool. Really nice looking braids. I think I'm going to have to make one Smiley

If you twisted the rafia in a 5 weave instead of folding the rafia as you've excellently done, do you think it would reduce this "crackling" you mention?

And the basket, well is was just a long handle repair. I made rafia rope out of 6 strands of rafia about 60 feet in length and then wrapped the two handles, nothin big Smiley
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Reply #4 - Jun 10th, 2015 at 8:27pm
 
The pic Teg of the basket thing my neighbor had me repair from rafia.
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Reply #5 - Jun 21st, 2015 at 10:57am
 
Sorry about the rather long time since my last reply. I've been rather busy lately.

Thank you for the picture of the bag. It is an interesting piece! You could make a sling pouch with the same pattern  Wink.

HuntsmanSling wrote on Jun 9th, 2015 at 1:06pm:
If you twisted the rafia in a 5 weave instead of folding the rafia as you've excellently done, do you think it would reduce this "crackling" you mention?


With cracker I refer to the tip of the release cord. I did not experiment with different braids for that but I think it won't make a big difference.
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