Good quality flexible 5 mm width braiding. Will accept dye. Strip straw will have less “give” than other woven hatbodies but the raffia is more accommodating than Milan straw. Bodies have an averge headsize of 22-1/2 inch.
Raffia fiber is from a palm tree native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, with a short trunk and leaves that may grow up to 60 feet (18 m) long.