GrasShanghai

Handmade Straw Poufs, Bags, Baskets and More

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Announcement    Due to disruption from COVID-19 and potential carrier delays, your package may not arrive on the date originally scheduled. Shipping to the US is especially affected. From the pre-covid 3-4 weeks, right now it takes 6-8 weeks. Please be assured that I will keep you informed as I get new information from the carrier. Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions.
2) we will continue putting medical level masks in the package, 10 MASKS per order, this is for free.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 25, 2021

Due to disruption from COVID-19 and potential carrier delays, your package may not arrive on the date originally scheduled. Shipping to the US is especially affected. From the pre-covid 3-4 weeks, right now it takes 6-8 weeks. Please be assured that I will keep you informed as I get new information from the carrier. Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions.
2) we will continue putting medical level masks in the package, 10 MASKS per order, this is for free.

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Betty Tian

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About GrasShanghai

Sales 6,866
On Etsy since 2015

Bringing China to your home-Where ancient straw plaiting meets modern life

I grew up in a remote village in northern China, which has remained relatively untouched by modern civilization or the nation’s economic boom. The silver lining in this is that the natural environment of the areas has been well preserved, with hectares of cattail and reeds flowering in countess small rivers, lakes and farms.

For over 1000 years since the great Tang Dynasty of China, women in my hometown of Hubin County have been using cattail and reeds to hand-make shoes, bags, cushions, beddings, baskets, fans and other essential household items. It is the one and only place in China, and perhaps around the world, where this unique tradition is still practised. The handcraft comes in hand in time of need: my mother, grandmother, and the mother of my grandmother all kept their family warm in winter with the elaborately-woven cattail shoes and beddings.

Over centuries, time has remained frozen in this small county, along with the technique. In summer, men from the countryside will go together to collect the cattails that grow in shallow waters of the lakes, rivers and wetlands, where the environment has been preserved in its pristine state. When transported from the wild to the villages, women of the family will then take the fresh grass and lay them out in front of the houses or on the country road to dry them out by natural sunlight. The dried plants will be carefully filtered according to quality, and then stored in the farmers’ houses.

Everyday, women will take out some small portion of the plant and soak it in clean water so that it is soft enough for weaving. For women in Hubin, it is their way of living: rise early to make breakfast for the family, then those in the neighborhood will gather in a chosen woman’s house or in the Hutong (a traditional Chinese alleyway) to work together, weaving all kinds of crafts from cattails. While working, they bond – talking, laughing and gossiping. This tradition is passed from mothers to daughters, making the women of my hometown both financially independent and socially bonded.

Sadly, with the rise of factories in China and the modernization in society, this time-honored tradition is slowly fading from the world. However, it is still preserved by a few women in my hometown who are determined not to let this craft die, and wish to share their beautiful creations with you. By buying only one of the hand-made artifacts produced by the locals in days-long, diligent work, you will support our movement to maintain one piece of China's rich and beautiful tradition.

Find the lovely items here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GrasShanghai

Shop members

  • Betty TIAN

    Owner, Designer, Photographer

    Betty's role is to design and develop new products with the mother; creating the listings and do the photography for all listings; weaving and creating new accessories for the shoe collection.

  • Ranai LI

    Maker, Designer, Owner

    Mrs. Ranai LI is the mother of the family and she does 50% of the weaving of the standard products and works with Betty to develop new products.

  • Chengjun TIAN

    Owner, Maker, Shipper

    The father is mainly responsible for collecting and drying out cattail plants; he is a very good weaver himself who does around 20% of the weaving; he is also the logistic and shipping person in the family.

  • Tian Ning

    Customer Service

    Tian Ning is responsible for order management.

  • Lisa

    Customer Service

    Lisa is responsible for order management and coordination with logistics (China Post).

Shop policies

Last updated on September 28, 2020
Thank you for visiting GrasShanghai!

We are dedicated to making 100% organic products with raw materials like cattails, cornhusk and wood. I would like to call it the Vegetarians in products, being green, all plants, and chemical and sweat free:)

I hope you will enjoy the products as much as I do. And thanks for stopping by to check out my shop profile.

Best,

Betty :)

Accepted payment methods

Paypal
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If you are not 100% satisfied with your items for any reason, please feel free to contact us. The buyer is responsible for return shipping.

If the buyer fails to collect the package from the postal offices or customs, and the package gets returned to China, the buyer will be held responsible for any costs for a second products and shipping fee.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Payment
We accept paypal payment at the moment.
Shipping
We ship out your items within 5-7 business days after we receive your Paypal payment.

We use China Post for shipping, which takes 3-4 weeks to reach almost all the countries. Due to the COVID lockdowns, shipping to the US can take to 5-6 weeks right now. The fair varies according to the weight and size of the products.