Africa | 'Ukhamba' basket woven by the Zulu people of South Africa | To create this traditional basket, weavers use strips of naturally waxy palm fronds wrapped around coils of wild grasses. Some baskets are still used for liquid storage in the rural areas of South Africa. Watertight baskets are readied by rubbing wet cornmeal inside. When liquid is added, the coils swell. Some leaks through, evaporates, and cools the contents.
#Zulu weaver Nomkhosi Nkosi lives in the farmlands of Zululand, South Africa. She regularly sends #BasketsOfAfrica her beautiful Ukhamba baskets with traditional patterns and geometric designs. Many of her baskets feature asymmetrical designs, so the patterns are different on every side. Her creations are warm and elegant and beautiful.
Peace Basket. These tightly woven baskets are made of marsh reed, papyrus, and sisal and have traditionally been used for ceremonial events such as weddings. Taking nearly a month to weave, their value is two-fold: they are beautiful and useful, and they provide a means of breaking the cycle of poverty in rural #Rwandan villages. Approx. 13" tall. #fairtrade $75.00