Tintsaba specialises in the coil weave, but we also do do a few other types of weaving with sisal. Some other types of weave include Open Coiled Weave and Plait Weave.
OPEN COILED WEAVE
The open coiled weave is very similar technique to the coiled weave (baskets and sisal discs). The main difference is that the focus of the weaver is not to ‘hide’ the internal grass but to have it exposed. The internal fibres can be either grass or dyed sisal. The threading fibre is generally spun sisal or cotton. We use this weave for making larger home decor products like laundry or waste paper baskets and placemats and coasters.
The weave is limited to the types of designs and patterns that can be achieved.
The plaited weave as the name suggests uses a plait. The end of the plait is then turned into itself and continuously wrapped around to create a shape. As the shape is developed the weaver then uses needle and spun sisal thread (same colour) to secure the plait in place. Products that use this weave are the Plaited Placemats, some of the Natural Jewellery, Festival Wear and was featured in the Fierce Feathers Collection launched end of 2016 which included all one of a kind jewellery designs.
With the plaited weave and shapes are single colour.