Hogla

Hogla is used as a material for baskets, cushions and placemats. Hogla is a strong plant fibre that grows and multiplies rapidly. As the Hogla plant regularly causes problems near the shores and densely overgrows whole harbours, the locals remove it. The whole sourcing and production process of Hogla happens in line with strong ethical and sustainable values.

Low impact sourcing & production process

1. Saves water & land

The weed grass grows naturally and is harvested from unproductive land. As the land there is either flooded or wet no additional irrigation is needed.

2. Sundried

Once cut, the grass must be dried. Villagers are involved in ensuring the seagrass dries properly.

3. 100% handmade

Mostly women make the ropes in their home by hand. The dried seagrass is spun or twisted into rope-like material. They don’t use any machines for the production. Afterwards they collect the ropes from the producers and bring them to the workshops where they are braided into baskets.

Creating job opportunities

it takes an artisan a day to make 6-8 standard size baskets from hogla
From harvesting until the end product, the entire process is executed by hand and/or with the support of simple traditional tools. Multple people have to be involved, which means more jobs and income for the rural communities.
The locals benefit from the fields as they help them to create job opportunities for almost a whole village. Usually one group is responsible for producing the rope out of the Hogla fibre and another one further processes them into handwoven products. Especially women are working in the Hogla manufacturing which enables them to provide their families with an additional income.
The Makers