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Zambia Baskets

Handcrafted in rural Zambian villages, our offerings include new baskets and antique Makenge root wedding baskets.

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$48.00

Bring natural tones and handwoven texture to your home decor with a one of a kind, fair trade basket. This shallow basket can be displayed with a plate stand, or add a loop of fishing line for an easy way to hang it on the wall.

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots with designs woven in black and natural rust colors. This basket is one of a kind; that means you will receive the exact basket shown in the photo.

Measures approximately 17"diameter x 2" depth.

Made in: Zambia

Backstory:

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, each Toka woman traditionally receives a basket on the occasion of her wedding. Thus, the name "Wedding Basket" is given to this style of basket. Meticulously harvesting the tough roots of the Makenge bush, boiling until soft, coloring the roots with natural plant dyes—many steps must occur before weaving begins. Only highly skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$48.00

This one of a kind, fair trade African basket will bring natural tones and handwoven texture to your home decor. The shallow basket can either be displayed with a plate stand, or add a loop of fishing line for an easy way to hang it on the wall.

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots accented with designs woven in black and natural rust colors.

This basket is one of a kind; that means you will receive the exact basket shown in the photo.

Measures approximately 17"diameter x 2" depth.

Made in: Zambia

Backstory:

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, each Toka woman traditionally receives a basket on the occasion of her wedding. Thus, the name "Wedding Basket" is given to this style of basket. Meticulously harvesting the tough roots of the Makenge bush, boiling until soft, coloring the roots with natural plant dyes—many steps must occur before weaving begins. Only highly skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$48.00

This one of a kind, fair trade African basket will bring natural tones and handwoven texture to your home decor. The shallow basket can either be displayed with a plate stand, or add a loop of fishing line for an easy way to hang it on the wall.

Each basket is unique, featuring the natural tone of the roots accented with designs woven in black and natural rust colors.

This basket is one of a kind; that means you will receive the exact basket shown in the photo.

Measures approximately 17"diameter x 2" depth.

Made in: Zambia

Backstory:

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, each Toka woman traditionally receives a basket on the occasion of her wedding. Thus, the name "Wedding Basket" is given to this style of basket. Meticulously harvesting the tough roots of the Makenge bush, boiling until soft, coloring the roots with natural plant dyes—many steps must occur before weaving begins. Only the highly skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$76.00

In the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau, skilled Batonga women craft iconic baskets from locally harvested palm leaves and wild twigs. To update their classic designs with beautiful color, weavers tint the palm leaves with textile dye before weaving. These artfully handcrafted baskets make a great addition to any home decor.

Measures 22-23"D x 4"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:


Famous for their basket weaving skills as well as their geometric designs, the Batonga women in the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau create these baskets by first weaving palm leaves into a characteristic square to begin and then radiating outward to create dramatic patterns.

$78.00

Skilled Batonga women craft these iconic baskets from locally harvested palm leaves and wild twigs. The weavers artfully elevate single-use plastic bags that would otherwise be discarded to add colorful triangles to their baskets. Baskets will be similar to the photos shown, but there will be some variation due to the handmade nature of this item.

Sold singly in assorted patterns. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 24-25"L x 24-25"W x 5"H

Crafted from: Palm leaves, twigs, recycled plastic

Made in: Zambia

About the Artisans:


Famous for their basket weaving skills as well as their geometric designs, the Batonga women in the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau create these baskets by first weaving palm leaves into a characteristic square to begin and then radiating outward to create dramatic patterns.

$54.00

This beautiful set of three baskets is handwoven in Zambia using roots of the makenge bush. Perfect for displaying fruit and vegetables on the countertop, each basket features a tough reed border and an intricate "nest" of makenge roots.

Sold as a set of three. Because this is a handcrafted item, the size, shaping, and color will vary slightly.

Approximate Size: Small: 8"L x 8"W x 1.5"H. Medium: 11"L x 11"W x 2"H. Large: 13"L x 13"W x 3"H.

Made in: Zambia

About the Artisans:

Zambian basket weavers showcase the long running roots of the makenge bush in these airy nesting baskets.
$48.00

Artfully elevating single-use plastic bags that would otherwise be discarded, skilled Batonga women add colorful triangles to their baskets made from locally harvested palm leaves and wild twigs. Baskets will be similar to the photos shown, but there will be some variation due to the handmade nature of this item.

Measures 14-16"D x 4"T.

About the Artisans:



Famous for their basket weaving skills as well as their geometric designs, the Batonga women in the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau create these baskets by first weaving palm leaves into a characteristic square to begin and then radiating outward to create dramatic patterns.

$18.00

Sold in assorted designs in neutral tones, these beautifully crafted trivets can be used to protect surfaces from hot pots and serving dishes. Handcrafted in Zambia using palm leaves and twigs, they are a wonderful addition to any tabletop.

Sold individually. Designs are assorted, see images for examples. Because this is a handcrafted item, size may vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 7"L x 7"W x 0.5"H

Made in: Zambia

About the Artisans:

Talented baskets weavers in Zambia craft these stylish trivets from natural fibers.
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