Potato Chip Place Mats

Potato Chip Place Mats

Sale price Price $10 Regular price

In Northern Zululand, located in eastern South Africa, Sarah, a local woman, and her group of weavers get together every afternoon in her home and work.

There are usually lots of little grandchildren hanging off grandma or demanding hugs from aunties.
These women have devised an ingenious way of up-cycling empty potato chip packages then weaving them into finished place mats. 
Present is a loom on which black thread has been set up and wound around some old batteries (to keep the tension tight). The ladies start rolling strips of packaging around pieces of thatching grass. When the strips are finished each strip is laid down onto the loom where the batteries, with their threads are lifted across each other to opposite sides.
Placemats are made from this simple and time consuming technique. Up-cycled and wonderful! 
Size of each mat: 12"H x 16"W (approximately)