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South African Zulu Baskets

Handwoven Ukhamba and Izimbenge baskets, handwoven by Zulu weavers in South Africa.

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$375.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. Large baskets can take more than a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

One of a kind. Measures 21" T x 10" W.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$325.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. Large baskets can take more than a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

One of a kind. Measures 16" D x 17" T.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$550.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. Large baskets can take more than a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

One of a kind. Measures 17" D x 21" T.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$550.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. Large baskets take more than a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

One of a kind. Measures 14" D x 25" T.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$450.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. Large baskets take more than a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

One of a kind. Measures 12" D x 23" T.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$225.00

These intricate Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. Large baskets take more than a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

Only one available. Measures 13.5" D x 13" T.

About the Artisans:



These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets provide a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful. Colors are created by boiling natural materials including roots, leaves, berries and bark, and often vary seasonally. A single one-of-a-kind basket can take up to one month to produce, and truly is a work of art.

$125.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu ukhamba baskets are handwoven in South Africa using ilala palm. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted.

Bulb-shaped zulu ukhamba baskets are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When beer is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

Sold individually, these baskets are beautiful on their own, or compliment each other as a set. Basket on the left (#1) measures 8" D x 9.5" T. Basket on the right (#2) measures 8" D x 9.5"T.

About the Artisans:



These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$145.00

These intricate one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using Ilala palm, and banana bark. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted. 

Sold individually, these baskets are beautiful individually, or compliment each other as a set. Basket on the left measures 8.5" D x 11" T. Basket on the right measures 8.5" D x 11" T.

About the Artisans:



These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets provide a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful. Colors are created by boiling natural materials including roots, leaves, berries and bark, and often vary seasonally. A single one-of-a-kind basket can take up to one month to produce, and truly is a work of art.

$185.00

These intricate limited edition Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using Ilala palm, and banana bark. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is artfully crafted.

Limited edition. Sold individually, each of these beautiful baskets features the same pattern, but each basket's shape is unique. See photos for reference.

Baskets measure approximately 11-12" D x 13-14" T.

About the Artisans:



These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$165.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu baskets are handcrafted in South Africa using woven Ilala palm, which is naturally dyed to create beautifully natural tones. Featuring a fitted lid and unique pattern, each is artfully crafted. Medium baskets take about a month to hand-weave!

Bulb-shaped zulu baskets, called ukhamba, are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When liquid is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are usually very decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

One of a kind. Measures 10.5" D x 12" T.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets are a traditional handicraft and a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$125.00

These intricate, one-of-a-kind Zulu ukhamba baskets are handwoven in South Africa using ilala palm. Featuring a fitted lid and beautiful pattern, each is unique and artfully crafted.

Bulb-shaped zulu ukhamba baskets are traditionally used to carry liquids, like home-brewed beer. When beer is poured into the ukhamba, the basket fibers swell to become watertight; the outside of the basket sweats, cleverly keeping the liquid cool by evaporation. The baskets are decorative and colorful, with natural dyes created from roots, barks, aloe, berries, mud, and even boiled cow dung.

Sold individually, these baskets are beautiful on their own, or compliment each other as a set. Basket on the left (#1) measures 9.5" D x 9.5" T. Basket on the right (#2) measures 10" D x 11.5" T.

About the Artisans:

These gorgeous baskets are handwoven by women of the Zulu tribe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Woven primarily by women, Zulu baskets provide a reliable source of income for artisans and their families. Handwoven using materials including Ilala palm and ncebe (banana bark), the intricate weave and patterning of the baskets make them both durable and beautiful.

$135.00

These intricate one-of-a-kind "izimbenge" baskets are crafted by Master Zulu weavers in South Africa with strands of repurposed telephone wire. These visually stunning baskets represent a traditional craft updated with modern synthetic materials.

Only one available. Measures 11.75"D x 1.5"T. This basket is hand-woven from telephone wire and requires several days of labor to create. The baskets feature a concave center and are dense to the touch.

About the Artisans:

ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.

$135.00

These intricate one-of-a-kind "izimbenge" baskets are crafted by Master Zulu weavers in South Africa with strands of repurposed telephone wire. These visually stunning baskets represent a traditional craft updated with modern synthetic materials.

Only one available. Measures 13"D x 1"T. This basket is hand-woven from telephone wire and requires several days of labor to create. The baskets feature a concave center and are dense to the touch.

About the Artisans:

ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.

$135.00

These intricate one-of-a-kind "izimbenge" baskets are crafted by Master Zulu weavers in South Africa with strands of repurposed telephone wire. These visually stunning baskets represent a traditional craft updated with modern synthetic materials.

Only one available. Measures 11.5"D x 1.5"T. This basket is hand-woven from telephone wire and requires several days of labor to create. The baskets feature a concave center and are dense to the touch.

About the Artisans:

ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.

$115.00

These intricate one-of-a-kind "izimbenge" baskets are crafted by Master Zulu weavers in South Africa with strands of repurposed telephone wire. These visually stunning baskets represent a traditional craft updated with modern synthetic materials.

The 11.5"D x 1""T baskets are hand-woven from telephone wire and require several days of labor to create. The baskets feature a concave center and are dense to the touch.

Displayed on a plate holder (not included) or on the wall, the baskets are an attractive accent piece for any home. They can also be used for for serveware.

About the Artisans:

ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.

$110.00

Master Zulu weavers in South Africa create these intricate "izimbenge" baskets with strands of repurposed telephone wire. These visually stunning baskets represent a traditional craft updated with modern synthetic materials.

Measures 12.25" diameter x 1" tall. The baskets, hand-woven from telephone wire, a requires several days of labor to create, feature a concave center, and are dense to the touch.

Displayed on a plate holder (not included), the baskets are an attractive accent piece for any home and can also be used for for serveware. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.

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