Raffia comes from the young shoot or leaf of the buri palm. Two qualities of Raffia can be produced: One quality is called ‘thick raffia’; it entails the stripping of palm leaves for warp and weft in handloom weaving. The second quality is ‚fine raffia‘; and it involves the use of the fine stripped palm leaves in weaving weft.
Raffia is commercially traded bleached or unbleached. It is usually hand woven and applied in handcrafted items like cloth, hats, mats, bags, folders, portfolios, shoes, slippers. It is also used for décors and for tying and wrapping materials.