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what is milulu grass?
milulu grass, native in africa, and found mostly in tanzania, is a reed found naturally in swamps and riverbeds but is also grown for basket & mat making. the leaves are cut, split, dyed with natural dyes and dried before the weaving begins.
where do we source it?
remove any stains as quickly as possible by blotting the stain with a clean, absorbent cloth until the cloth is saturated. do not rub the stain or you will push the stain into the fibres. continue blotting with a clean cloth until the cloth comes away dry.
sun & fading
keep dyed products out of direct sunlight for long periods of time to avoid natural fading.
all natural products with little or no coloring do well in direct sunlight.
spray with cold water or submerge it completely for 60 seconds. let the basket/mat sit for a few minutes so the material has time to absorb the water, then shake the excess water out. press and mould the basket to your desired shape or stuff a bunch of newspaper inside the basket. feel free to use props to add weight and keep mats flat. let it dry in a place with good airflow but try to keep it off direct sunlight to prevent color fading.
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