RUKUDZO: Small Brown and Natural Wall Basket: 32cm dia
Bring a sense of ethical luxe to your home with an intricately woven wall platter from the baTonga people of Zimbabwe. Each Tonga basket is one-of-a-kind, woven in shades of brown and natural palm.
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.
These Tonga wall baskets are handwoven from ilala palm and hand dyed using natural dyes. Brown and natural tones and complex geometric designs characterise this collection, which can take several days to complete due to their extremely complex designs.
Bringing home a Tonga wall platter is an act of support for the baTonga weaving community, enabling many women to send their children to school for the first time.
Material: Ilala Palm
Dimensions: DIA 32cm
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
HANDMADE IN ZIMBABWE
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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