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An Unexpected Purchase of Antique Makenge Baskets

This week we purchased a large collection of rare, antique makenge baskets from a collector in Zambia. These are very special baskets, often considered collector's items, and have great meaning and history.

The tradition is for new brides in the Upper Zambesi region of Zambia to receive the beautiful yet practical gif of a makenge root basket as a wedding gift. The heirloom is so durable that the same basket can be used and passed down in the family for over 100 years!

Many of the baskets we received will need some repairs, but most are in pristine shape. We can't wait to show them to you!

 

Once we sort through and repair the baskets, they will be offered on the site. These baskets are highly coveted by designers and make beautiful wall art!

We will of course give our retail customers the first opportunity to purchase one of these exceptional baskets. If you are interested in advance, please email us at info@swahilimodern.com.


5 Comments

Alison Smith
Alison Smith

May 11, 2017

Trying to source6 Makenge baskets in a variety of grey and taupe shades

Janet Gay Freed
Janet Gay Freed

July 28, 2016

LOVE these baskets, please let me know when they are for sale…thank you!

carolyn
carolyn

July 21, 2016

please let me know when the baskets are available.

Thank you
Carolyn bell

Cynthia Kay Fisher
Cynthia Kay Fisher

February 25, 2015

I LOVE the antique Makenga baskets. I have four of them and want very much to buy more from you. Please contact me. Cynthia Fisher

Marilou Angelo
Marilou Angelo

February 08, 2015

i would love one! They are gorgeous!

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