MAGWA: Medium Yellow and Turquoise Wall Platter
Woven wall baskets and wall platters are the newest trend in ethical décor, bringing texture to the interior space in the form of beautiful natural fibres in vibrant tones and patterns.
These wall platters are all different to one another and handcrafted in the Gulu region of Uganda. These colourful 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 colour 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.
This craft group is currently training in making their own natural dyes from leaves, roots, bark and plants – watch this space!
Material: Raffia & Banana Fibres
Dimensions: DIA 31cm
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.
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