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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

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. Each beautifully woven star design reveals the skill of these talented weavers.

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

Dimensions:  15-16"L x 15-16"W x 3-4"H

Crafted from: Palm leaves, twigs

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.

$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. Each beautifully woven star design reveals the skill of these talented weavers.

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

Dimensions: 23-24"L x 23-24"W x 4-7"H

Crafted from: Palm leaves, twigs

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.

$48.00

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. Each beautifully woven design reveals the skill of these talented weavers.

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

Dimensions:  15-16"L x 15-16"W x 3-4"H

Crafted from: Palm leaves, twigs

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.

$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. Each beautifully woven design reveals the skill of these talented weavers.

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

Dimensions: 23-24"L x 23-24"W x 4-7"H

Crafted from: Palm leaves, twigs

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.

$68.00

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 dye the palm leaves with textile dye before weaving. Subtly variegated tones give each basket a beautiful, handmade look.

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

Dimensions: 15-16"L x 15-16"W x 3-4"H

Crafted from: Palm leaves, twigs, dye

Made in: Zambia


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.
$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.
$72.00

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. These deep baskets make lovely all-natural tabletop storage for fruit and vegetables. The dancing basket design has a sculptural quality that makes it unique!

Sold individually. Because this is a handcrafted item, the size, shaping, and color will vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 17-19"D x 10"T

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.

$82.00

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.

$82.00

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.

$72.00

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

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.

About the Artisans:

Bridget Meyer

We're proud to source these beautiful baskets from Bridget Meyer, each handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$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.

$72.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. 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 most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

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

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$72.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. 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 most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

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

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$72.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. 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 most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

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

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$72.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. 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 most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

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

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$72.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. 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 most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

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

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$58.00

Artfully elevating single-use plastic bags that would otherwise be discarded, skilled Batonga women add colorful graphic motifs 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.

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

Dimensions: 20-21"L x 20-21"W x 4"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.

$72.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. 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 most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

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

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$72.00

In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. 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 most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets. Each weaver adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

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

Measures approximately 16-17"diameter x 2" depth.


We are happy to present new makenge wedding baskets from Bridget Meyer, former owner of Toka Imports, handcrafted by the women of Bridget's village in Zambia using tough makenge roots and natural dyes. In rural Zambia near Victoria Falls, a wedding basket is a Toka woman’s most useful and valuable possession. In everyday life she may choose to use it practically—to winnow grain, to collect and store harvested roots and rice—or to beautify her home by hanging it on a wall. The beauty and durability of Zambian wedding baskets is no accident. Meticulously harvesting the roots of the Makenge bush is truly an art form of its own, and once roots are found, they are boiled until soft and colored with natural plant dyes. Only the most skilled Toka craftswomen are able to weave these baskets, and each adds one-of-a-kind patterns conveying messages of beauty, marriage and family.

$58.00

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. These deep baskets make lovely all-natural tabletop storage for fruit and vegetables. The dancing basket design has a sculptural quality that makes it unique!

Sold individually. Because this is a handcrafted item, the size, shaping, and color will vary slightly.

Approximate Size: 15-17"D x 7-9"T.

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.

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