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The Art of Raffia Crochet

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 Raffia Crochet is an iconic Helen Kaminski technique that is mastered only after weeks and weeks of training. 

Our highly skilled artisans create our crochet product using the finest quality of Madagascan raffia. Sustainably harvested raffia split it by hand, the key to this technique is to ensure that a consistent weight and thickness is maintained, ensuring an over-all even finish for the final piece. 

 

 

 

 

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 Once the raw raffia is ready, artisans use traditional hooks to crochet. For an iconic Helen Kaminski piece, like the Provence 12 it takes approximately four days for a single artisan to complete, and around 14,000 stitches, ensuring that there are no visible joins or knots.

Each crochet piece is then trimmed and prepared for blocking. Raffia crochet hats are blocked into their silhouettes by hand using steam.

Our signature ‘wattle’ stitch, applied across any of our iconic hats and bags, takes months of training and years of practice to produce with ease. Not all artisans have this skill, and therefore our seasonal pieces with unique patterns and open-cut features can only be completed by a few of the most knowledgeable artisans. 

 

 

 

 

Raffia crochet is an iconic, time-honoured technique for Helen Kaminski and is used widely across our collection on selected Raffia Hats, Rollable Hats, and Raffia Bags. Browse the range and take a look at our collection for Women and Men styles on our website.

A raffia hat or bag from Helen Kaminski will last and taking good care of your accessories will prolong their life cycle and in turn, reduce their environmental impact. Some customers have had their hats for 20 years, in great condition with only small repairs needed! 

Here are some tips for increasing the longevity of your hat and keeping it looking fresh for years to come.