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South African Zulu Baskets

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

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$120.00

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.

Only one available. Measures 12"T X 11"W. Please note: there is slight discoloration in one spot, basket is priced accordingly. See image for reference. 

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.

$165.00

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.

Only one available. Measures 10" T X 12" 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 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.

$225.00

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.

Only one available. Measures 13" T X 14" 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 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. Basket measures 9.5" 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 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.

$145.00

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. Basket 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.

$105.00

These intricate "izimbenge" baskets are created 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.

Measures 12.5" 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.

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.

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