Silk weaving in Madagascar

Create your own silk stole with Rachelle, our weaver host in her home village of Antsirabe.

Location : Antsirabe

Dates : All year round

Duration : 5 days

Tariff : 255,00 €

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Detailed programme:

Discover the traditional know-how of working silk at a Malagasy family-run company.
Rachelle will introduce you to all the steps of making the silk lambas (scarves or stoles): spinning, dyeing, weaving.
In one week you will get acquainted with the different steps in the making of a silk scarf: yarn bleaching, traditional dyeing, starching, spinning, preparing the warping and weft, setting the loom and finally weaving.
Rachelle and her spinning employees are happy to welcome you and take care of you whenever you need some help with the more difficult aspects of this technique.
In addition, you can take your own creation back home!

Place: The family-run company is located in the village of Talata Andraikiba, 7 km from Antsirabe (150 km south of Antananarivo).

Dates : Year-round depending on weaver’s availabilities.

Duration: 5 days
You can choose: a 20-hour workshop (4 hrs per day, from 8 am to 12 pm) or a 40-hour workshop (8 hrs per day, from 8 am to 12 pm and from 1.30 to 5.30 pm)

Accommodation: Live at the weaver's house. The house has an indoor shower but toilets are outdoors. Expect a somewhat rustic comfort. You can also stay at a Bed & Breakfast with half board or full board.
In addition, if you prefer to enjoy more independence, we recommend the Dera Hotel, at a 5-min. walk from the workshop. They offer rooms and bungalows for 30,000 to 40,000 Airary per day (about 15 €).
For those who prefer a change of atmosphere, there is a restaurant with a view on the lake open for lunch and dinner, with menus for 19,000 Ariary.
The village itself is very pleasantly located near Andriaka Lake; it is calm and there are no security issues.

- 40-hour workshop + Bed & Breakfast: 270 €
- 40-hour workshop + half-board accommodation: 295 €
- 40-hour workshop + full-board accommodation: 320 €
- 20-hour workshop + Bed & Breakfast: 200 €
- 20-hour workshop + half-board accommodation: 225
- 20-hour workshop + full-board accommodation: 250

For your information:
How to get there
We can book you a seat in a direct bus or car from the bus station south of Antananarivo to Talata Andraikiba without changing in Antsirabe. The bus ride costs 8000 Ariary (about 3 €).

What to see near Talata Andraikiba on foot:
- the lakes and rice fields
- a village with weavers using large, semi-modern looms for high-quantity weaving.
Rachelle can go with you on your walks or recommend a guide she knows.
If you are interested in renting a mountain bike or a motorcycle to ride around the lakes you can contact Rando Raid Madagascar in Antsirabe (in front of the Arche Restaurant)
e-mail : randoraid
This agency also offers horse-riding tours.

Highlights in Antsirabe:
- the famous gem-stone market
- the craftspeople (embroidery, horn, miniatures, metal objects, confectionery, etc.)
- the big market
- the Hotel des Thermes and the Railway station for its architecture
- just strolling around the town for its atmosphere

It is very easy to get to Antsirabe by taxi from the spinning workshop, which is just at the bus stop.
Interested by traditional weaving, have a look on this workshop: Introduction to weaving and to Khmer cuisine in Cambodia .


"J´ai pu partager des moments authentiques avec les familles de tisserands bien que nous ne parlions pas la même langue, découvrir leur mode de vie, leur savoir-faire. Ils ont vraiment été généreux et patients. Nous avons été bien accueillies par la famille de Rachel et pouvions partager un repas avec eux. Le père de Rachel nous a raconté l´histoire de la filature et l´histoire de leur famille. Rachel et sa soeur nous ont accompagné pour visiter la ville d´Antsirabe."

Aurélie Le 24/09/2015

"J’ai aimé dormir chez l'habitant, leur bonne humeur, l'aide et les conseils prodigués au quotidien par les tisserandes, le fait d'avoir appris toutes les différentes étapes du tissage et d'avoir fabriqué une écharpe.
Nous avons eu des discussions avec Rachelle, sa sœur et ses parents sur le tissage de la soie et plusieurs aspects de la vie malgache
La localisation de la filature, à proximité d'Antsirabè et du lac Andraïkiba, et le principe qui consiste à apprendre à tisser le matin et visiter l'aprem, nous ont permis de bien découvrir les environs (une promenade au lac, un aprem à Antsirabè)."

Aurélie Le 26/08/2015

"La rencontre avec la famille, qui proposait le stage, a vraiment été marquante. Leur accueil a été très chaleureux. Ils nous orienté et aidé durant tout notre séjour dans leur pays. Nous sommes dailleurs parties périple avec l'une de leur fille et avons encore passé du temps chez cette famille bien après la durée du stage. A notre départ, nous leur avons acheté un stock d'écharpes pour soutenir leur activité. L'échange a été très riche. "

Mona Le 24/06/2015