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Handwoven African Hampers

Set of Three Gingerbread Palm Turkana Hampers

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  • Bring warm, natural tones into your home with these stunning palm hampers. Sold in a set of three, each features a fitted lid perfect for hiding what's inside!

    In northwestern Kenya, Turkana weavers transform the fronds of doum palm, also known as the gingerbread tree, into gorgeous, 100% natural-fiber storage baskets. The wide, flat palm fronds are woven in a traditional coil method, giving this lidded hamper a smooth finish, pleasing to the touch.

    [Small] 16"D x 16"T
    [Medium] 18"D x 18"T
    [Large] 20"D x 20"T

    Due to the handcrafted nature of these baskets, slight variation may occur.

  • Turkana weavers, handweaving baskets

    The Turkana tribe lives in the remote, semi-arid Turkana District in northwest Kenya. Their environment is frequently affected by drought, leading the Turkana people to habitually relocate to seek rain and fresh vegetation. They are pastoralists, relying on cattle for many of their needs. The tribe often travels in small groups to find pasture to sustain their livestock.

    Turkana basket weavers are women of the tribe, weaving in the traditional coil method that has been passed down through generations. They weave with gingerbread palm fronds, also called doum palm—a drought-resistant native plant in northern Africa, which also produces edible date fruits. 




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