Ta'na'na Newsletter #9

Written by Stella Gryler


Posted on October 30 2020

Happy Halloween! Do you have a costume planned yet? Here at Ta’na’na Silk, we love to find costume inspiration in the natural wonders of Madagascar- you might find our team members dressed up as a silkworm, a lemur, or maybe even a Raffia palm! The possibilities are endless. However you choose to spend this weekend, we hope you’ll take some time to browse our website and check out what’s new!

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Celebrate World Lemur Day!

Did you know that this Friday, October 30, is World Lemur Day? Join us in celebrating and raising awareness of the critical conditions that Madagascar’s lemur population is facing. 98% of lemur species are threatened with extinction and 31% are critically endangered and it is up to us to help protect them. One way you can make a difference is by purchasing a Ta’na’na Silk product: profits are returned directly to our Malagasy team, providing them with an added source of income and incentivizing the conservation of the rainforests that are home to these endangered species. Visit the Lemur Conservation Network to learn more about lemurs and what you can do to help.

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Product Highlight: Woven Raffia Panels

Although our specialty is Wild Silk, we also dabble in Raffia weaving! If you haven’t already, take a look at our extensive selection of exquisite Raffia panels. These versatile pieces are both beautiful and sturdy, making them perfect for hanging on your wall or setting your dining table with. Shop many colors and designs in two sizes: 24”x24” ($45) and 24”x63” ($80).


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Limited Edition Wild Silk Face Masks: Don't Miss Out!

Don’t forget to get your Wild Silk face mask while they last! Our handmade masks are made in accordance with public health guidelines and are a gorgeous option for expanding your mask selection. Keep yourself and your community healthy while supporting conservation and poverty alleviation in Madagascar!

dyeing silk with plants

Colors of Madagascar: A Transition to Natural Dyes

Have you wondered how we dye our silk? Last year, we began a transition to all-natural dyes, developing colors from materials such as plant leaves, bark, roots, and seeds. A few colors have been developed so far, and our Malagasy team is hard at work to come up with more, enabling them to rely less on commercial dyes from the US. Seen here is a team member using plants to dye Bombyx cocoons a beautiful blue. Stay tuned for more updates from Madagascar with our SEPALI blog!



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