This versatile plastic mat adds a colorful splash of African decor to any room. Casual yet elegant, it has practical functionality and contemporary style. Your children, animals, and visitors are no challenge for this durable woven mat, and clean up is a snap. Ideal for a porch, deck, patio or balcony. Grab this durable mat and go! Perfect also for the beach, the park, picnics or even camping.
The "natte" (mat in English) is ingrained in West African culture. In the village, it is the centerpiece of one’s home—its vibrant plastic threads radiate color onto the bare mud hut walls that surround it. The "natte" is a dining table for families to gather around and eat; it is a bench for friends to sit and chat; it is a bed to sleep on; a salon for women to gather and do each others’ hair; a cafe where men can sit and drink tea; it is a gathering place for community meetings and serves as seating for funerals, weddings, and everything in between. Nattes are respected; one must always remove his or her shoes before stepping onto the natte. As the natte slowly ages, young girls will take some of its loose plastic threads to create bracelets. Only until the natte is so torn and unraveled that it is completely unusable and is finally replaced.
Size: 3 ft x 6 ft
Artist: Mamadou Kieta
Made in: Senegal