ALENGO: Small Black and Natural Wall Platter
Bring a sense of ethical luxe to your home with an intricately woven wall platter crafted in the Gulu region of Uganda. These natural and monochrome wall baskets are crafted by former child-soldiers and single mothers who have lived through Uganda’s twenty-year war with the LRA. These men and women have been trained in jewellery-making and basket weaving, the latter of which is now their main income stream.
Although these wall platters make striking wall art alone and when hung together in a group, these shallow woven baskets can also be used for fruit and bread, or for displaying jewellery, soaps or hand towels. Traditionally, these baskets were (and are still) used for winnowing grains.
Woven from raffia palms and banana fibres, these wall baskets are all unique and will bring character and texture to any corner of the home. Banana is a staple food in central and western Uganda, and in creating these baskets from the palm leaves of banana trees, these woven baskets help reduce the massive amount of waste created by banana tree plantations. Black, white and natural tones and geometric patterns characterise this collection.
This group is currently training in making their own natural dyes from leaves, roots, bark and plants – watch this space! We're really excited to be collaborating with these talented men and women.
Material: Raffia & Banana Fibres
Dimensions: DIA 21cm
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
HANDMADE IN UGANDA
The weavers are our life force - the sheer spirit of THE BASKET ROOM and the raw talent behind every fair trade basket we sell. Every woven basket has been worked on exclusively by one weaver, and each basket is their very own work of art before it becomes yours. Woven meticulously over a number of days, your basket has accompanied its creator on their daily errands from home to field to farm, enabling the weavers to earn a precious second income without having to give up their other jobs and responsibilities.
We’ve searched far and wide to partner up with the most remarkable artisans and networks of weaving cooperatives in Africa. We’re proud and privileged to regularly spend time with them all - getting to know the people, the raw materials and the harvesting, dyeing and weaving processes, first-hand.
The weavers take centre stage. These are their stories. Listen and share.
Where Are The Baskets Made?