Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What materials are used for Maison GASYA bags?

All of our bags are made from natural raffia, a sustainable and eco-friendly plant fiber from Madagascar. We favor high-quality materials to ensure the durability and elegance of our products.

Each bag is carefully crafted by talented artisans. By supporting our crafts, you participate in the preservation of ancient traditions and the sustainable development of the island.

One bag, one story

Each bag tells a unique story. Small variations in the texture and color of the raffia make it a truly unique piece. By choosing this luxury bag, you are opting for quality, authenticity and natural elegance. We thank you for your choice.

What types of raffia are used?


Raffia is a natural fiber of plant origin, extracted from the leaves of palm trees of the Raffia family. It is distinguished by its delicate texture and robustness. The shades of raffia vary from light brown to dark brown, offering a natural and warm palette. Its exceptional quality makes it a preferred choice for luxury products, providing a touch of elegance and durability. There are different types of raffia, some of which are finely woven for a refined finish, while others feature a more rustic texture, adding a touch of authenticity to your luxury bag.

In Madagascar, there are several types of raffia, each with distinct characteristics. Here are some of the main types of raffia found in this region:

Raffia Farinifera

Also known as raffia vinifera, it is the most commonly used raffia species in Madagascar. Its fibers are large and sturdy, making it a popular choice for making craft products such as baskets, mats and bags.

Raffia Textilis

This variety of raffia is distinguished by its finer and more delicate fibers. It is often used to make hats, finer mats, and other items requiring a softer texture.

Raffia Monticola 

It is mainly found in the mountainous regions of Madagascar. Its fibers are stiffer and less flexible than those of other raffia species. It is sometimes used in the manufacture of ropes and building materials.

Raffia Hookeri

This variety is less common, but it is appreciated for its long and flexible fibers. It is sometimes used in the manufacture of textile products.

Raffia Sambiranensis

It is found in the Sambirano region in northwestern Madagascar. Its fibers are often used to make ropes and threads. Each type of raffia has its own characteristics, allowing crafters to choose the one that best suits their project. This also offers a diversity of options for creating artisanal and luxury products.

Raffia, weaving & crocheting

How is Raffia worked?

Raffia weaving

Raffia weaving is a meticulous craft that involves intertwining raffia fibers to create a strong and aesthetically appealing structure.

For a luxury bag, the raffia weave offers a unique texture and an intricate pattern that adds an artistic dimension to the whole. Artisans use special techniques to create varied designs, from geometric to floral designs, giving the bag a personalized and sophisticated touch.

Raffia crochet

Raffia crocheting involves using a crochet hook to manipulate the raffia fibers and interweave them to form the structure of the bag. This technique allows for great flexibility in design, allowing complex patterns, delicate details and precise finishes to be created. The raffia crochet also provides a pleasant texture to the touch, giving the bag a soft and luxurious feel. When used together, raffia weaving and crocheting can create a luxury bag that combines traditional craftsmanship with a modern, refined aesthetic. The combination of these techniques makes it possible to produce unique and exclusive bags, highlighting the natural beauty of raffia while embodying the know-how of the artisan.

Each bag in our collection is the result of artisanal know-how passed down from generation to generation in Madagascar. Harvested by hand and crafted with passion and dedication, this bag embodies the essence of natural luxury.

What type of leather is used?

Leather description:

Different types of pieces of leather are assembled into the bag. The most commonly used leathers for our manufacture of high-end bags:


This is the most popular and versatile leather for luxury bags. Calfskin is soft, smooth and durable, making it an ideal choice for everyday bags.

Lamb leather 

Lighter and more supple than calfskin, lambskin is known for its softness and velvety feel. It is often used for evening bags and more delicate models.

Crocodile Leather

Known for its durability and luxurious appearance, crocodile leather is a popular choice for luxury bags. It features distinctive "knot" patterns and is often used in high-end designs.

Python leather

Known for its distinctive serpentine patterns, python leather brings a touch of exoticism and elegance to a bag. It is often used for bold and original creations.

  1. Where does the raffia used by Maison GASYA come from?

The raffia used in the manufacture of our bags is harvested in Madagascar, where it grows abundantly. We are committed to supporting local artisans and promoting the island's traditional know-how.

  1. What are the stages of manufacturing Maison GASYA raffia bags?

Our bags are handcrafted by talented artisans. The manufacturing steps include harvesting the raffia, hand weaving/crocheting, natural dyeing and careful finishing depending on the model (adding leather, snap buttons, lining..)

Each bag is unique and demonstrates the exceptional know-how of Malagasy artisans.

  1. How to maintain Maison GASYA raffia bags?

Caring for a luxury raffia bag with leather accents requires some care to preserve its beauty and durability. Here are a few tips :

Keep it away from excessive humidity

To preserve the beauty of your raffia bag, avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and humidity. Gentle care will extend its lifespan. If the bag becomes wet, dry it gently with a clean cloth.

Gently clean the raffia

Use a soft-bristled brush or a clean, dry cloth to gently dust and clean the surface of the raffia. Avoid using harsh chemicals or solvents that could damage the material.

Protect the leather

If the bag has leather details, be sure to protect them with a care product specifically designed for leather. This will help nourish and preserve the suppleness of the leather, while protecting it against staining and fading.

Store it correctly

When not in use, store the bag in a dry place. It is recommended to store it in the Maison Gasya protective velvet bag to avoid friction and scratches.

Avoid excessive friction

Avoid rubbing the leather against rough or hard surfaces, as this may damage it. Be especially careful when using cleaning products, making sure not to apply them directly to the leather.

Pay attention to handles, straps and handles

If the handles or straps are made of leather, be sure to treat them with care and not overload them. By following these care tips, you can extend the life and beauty of your Maison Gasya item.