SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth, 37 cm
SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth, 37 cm
SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth, 37 cm
SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth, 37 cm
SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth, 37 cm

Just as welcoming on casual summer evenings as in the winter. It’s handmade from water hyacinth – a plant that is harvested in tropical waterways to control its growth so it doesn’t clog the water flow.

400.825.36

Product details

Every product is handmade and therefore unique.Designer

Sandra Kragnert

  • Water hyacinth, Clear lacquer
    Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Renewable material (water hyacinth).
  • SOARÉPlace matArticle no:400.825.36
    Height: 1 cmWeight: 0.24 kgDiameter: 37 cmPackage(s): 1

Product size

Diameter: 
37 cm
SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth, 37 cm

Making business decisions that empower women

The SOARÉ placemat is so popular it nearly disappeared. Why? Sales were approaching the impossible when it comes to delivering quality, handmade, natural fibre products. The team responsible for SOARÉ was preparing to replace it with a machine-made alternative. But before they did, they took a trip that changed everything.  Read More
The Vietnamese waterway Mekong is teeming with water hyacinth, the vibrantly green plant SOARÉ is made from. It grows incredibly fast, making it a valuable renewable resource, but also a potential hazard that can clog the river. People living by the river, mainly women, harvest water hyacinth and weave the stalks together. This keeps the river passable, preserves the tradition and earns them extra money.

Empowering women

Lillemor Franzén and her colleagues found themselves sitting in the homes of these weavers, listening to stories about how SOARÉ has made a positive impact. “One woman told us that thanks to SOARÉ her daughter is now training to become a teacher,” she says. Usually, two or three weavers gather in one of their homes to work together. They chat, laugh, keep an eye on the farms and look after the children who are too young for school. “I feel so proud working at IKEA when I see this,” says Lillemor, “It gets to your heart, really.”

Making better business decisions

The team decided the solution to meeting growing customer demands for natural fibre placemats is to introduce more of them, but machine-made. Customers get a wider selection to choose from and sales pressure is taken off SOARÉ. Machine-made placemats can be produced in higher quantities than handmade, and SOARÉ production can continue as it is. “We always have the intention here to do good business, and we are,” says Lillemor. “And on my trip to Vietnam I found that SOARÉ has a purpose greater than business.”
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Set the table with a little help from nature

SOARÉ place mats are made from dried water hyacinth, a beautiful but fast-growing plant that can clog waterways. By using water hyacinth to make products we help to naturally control their growth.

SOARÉ
Place mat, water hyacinth37 cm

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SOARÉ Place mat, water hyacinth, 37 cm

SOARÉ

Dhs 19