Marie Alexandrine Rasoanantenaina of Tahiana combines traditional weaving techniques with modern aesthetics to create baskets, rugs, and other household items for daily use. After much research and experimentation with getting dyes from leaves, bark, and stone, she can create nearly 40 bold colors from these natural resources.
Weaving and basketry is the foundation of her daily life and culture. Baskets are used for the transportation and storage of food, and are especially food safe because of the natural materials and dyes. The core element of this art is the vetiver plant, which is grown and harvested by men and then woven by women. It’s root is used in basketry and has a natural sweet smell that artists carefully preserve.