NATURAL: White Trim Bread Basket
Tough lutindzi grass grows abundantly in the mountainous regions of Swaziland, and offers a naturally waxy finish which makes it water and stain-resistant. These woven baskets can be mixed and matched with other ethically-produced tableware - coasters, bowls and table mats - in this range. Fill yours with fruit, bread, napkins or cutlery.
A skilled craftswoman working within a Swazi weaving cooperative produced this table basket, in partnership with social enterprise Gone Rural Bomake. Since 1970, this organisation has been supporting women and children by building channels of sustainable and ethical employment.
Gone Rural now works with over 770 artisans across 53 communities in three regions of Swaziland. Each group is trained in a particular craft that makes use of the unique natural materials growing locally. You can learn more about these Swazi weavers here.
MATERIAL: Lutindzi Grass (Indigenous to Swaziland & grows wild in the mountains)
Standard - 25cm Dia
Small - 21cm Dia
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND ETHICALLY HANDMADE IN SWAZILAND
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?