The monochrome GARI wall basket has been woven by one of a group of female weavers living on the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains in Uganda. Some of these women were left widowed after the Allied Democratic Forces war of the 90’s, and others were left homeless. In 2003 they found that the traditional handicraft of basket weaving was the best way of earning a living, and now the founding group of six women numbers over one hundred weavers.
GARI is woven from raffia and banana leaf stem, featuring a captivating radial pattern in black and white geometric designs. Gorgeous hung alone on a wall and incredible in a group arrangement, this shallow woven basket also makes a beautiful fruit bowl or bread basket. Alternatively, GARI could be used in the bathroom to display soaps or toiletries. Likewise, this ethical woven basket would look great on a dressing table, keeping jewellery and trinkets together. Traditionally, these baskets were (and are still) used for serving a local meal called Akaro (mingled millet flour) and used in wedding ceremonies in parts of Uganda.
Buying a woven wall basket empowers these Ugandan weavers. Through the sales of these woven baskets, their children can access a better education. In bringing a wage home for the first time, women are also finding themselves in a more equal partnership at home.
Material: Raffia and Banana
Dimensions: DIA 35cm approximately
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN UGANDA