|Madagascar is a truly unique place. It is an island off the south-east coast of Africa, whose people come from southern Asia and from mainland Africa.|
|Madagascar has maintained a unique eco-system and habitat for wildlife – the most famous of which are the Lemurs.
The island suffers from regular cyclones, and from political tension.
|Where in the world is Madagascar?|
|This is one of the world’s poorest countries, where it can be struggle for people to make a living. Among the natural resources that are available are the giant palm trees which provide fibres. One of these is the raffia palm whose giant leaves are used to make a strong raffia fibre.
This vibrant mix of Asian and African cultures has produced colourful arts and handicrafts. These colourful bags hand woven from raffia are a good example. They are imported by Cadwyn Gifts who are working with a number of enterprises that are involved in reforestation and the promotion of the local economy and protection of the habitat of wildlife.