An African palm tree having large fibrous leaves. The leaf fibers of this plant are processed into materials used for many craft purposes, often in carpets, baskets, and hats. It is most commonly available in its natural, tan color, but can also be obtained bleached, and dyed in many colors.(pr. RA-fee-ə)Also see African art, applied arts, cane and caning, furniture, mask, rattan, reed, rush, textile, and wood.