The disc weaving is a signature innovation from Tintsaba. Our sisal discs are produced exactly the same way as the traditional baskets, just on a smaller and much more refined scale.
ONE - Spinning and grass
Spinning the sisal strands to create a thin thread, usually around 2-3 fibres thick. For baskets we use a grass known as Lukhasi, this is quite a thick fibre, so for the sisal discs, we use Lutindzi. The Lutindzi is finer and more maliable than the Lukhasi grass, which makes it ideal for sisal discs.
TWO: Starting the weave coil
Using a single fibre of Lutindzi grass and wrapping the spun sisal around the end to cover the grass. The weaver then curls the end onto itself and continues to wrap the grass with the sisal. The weavers continue wrapping the grass with the sisal until they reach the desired final size.
THREE - Finishing
To finish the discs, the weaver continues and binds the end of the grass and then the sisal. The end should be smooth and the sisal end hidden.
FOUR - Grading
The grading of the sisal discs is important because it will dictate which jewellery department will use the disc. Only 1% of all sisal discs produced will be used in the Silver Jewellery. Market Grade discs are used in our Natural Jewellery. Craft Grade discs are rejected or used for making samples.
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