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Turkana Gingerbread Palm Hamper

Swahili Modern

KEN09

  • Bring warm, natural tones into your home with this stunning hamper, then just pop on the fitted lid to hide what's inside! This small lidded hamper is sized to hold a single load of laundry or to stash a few extra blankets.

    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.

    Size: 15-16" tall and 15-16" wide. Hamper basket features inset handles and a fitted lid. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

    Limited Edition, only a few available.

  • 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. 


Vendor: Swahili Modern



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