At Made For A Woman we prioritise ethically sourced raphia. We believe it is extremely important to know how the raphia is collected, what is given back to the individuals and their families, and whether the overall cycle is sustainable ethically and environmentally. Our aim is to support both the local economy and the Malagasy raphia sector in facing climate change related challenges.

Our vision has motivated us to collaborate with a historical local company named Kalfane Fils. The company is located in Mahajanga, a town located in Northwestern Madagascar, and it has gained the recognition for ethical raphia sourcing over the last 50 years. Kalfane has been awareded the Amfori BSCI certificate for striving to implement sustainable procedures (e.g. climate resilience, economic empowerment, biodiversity conservation, etc.) all along their value chain.  For more information visit amfori

Our raphia palm fibres derive from The Ankaranfantsika Protected Natural Park (area of 135,000 HA), near the city of Mahajanga. After the collection of the raphia, the subjects in charge replant approximately 10,000 raphia palm trees yearly to prevent any environmental disparity caused by the procedure (for more information visit Société Kalfane et Fils Madagascar : RAPHIA, GIROFLE, CIRE D’ABEILLE, CAFE, POIVRE)

Due to the common droughts occurring recently, those in charge of the natural parks created a long-term sustainability plan for alternative raphia-planting measures. Such measures concur to the preservation of the park’s environment. The plan includes a wide range of activities; from the training of women associations in raphia extraction all the way to the harvesting and processing stage.

The raphia harvesting, sorting, and processing stages are all carried out manually. To make the raphia yarn, we extract each leaf from its stem, we separate a thin transparent film, and then we let it dry. VOILA.
While for our coloured raphia pigments, we invest in AZO-free pigments for better health and environmental conditions.