LAVUMISO HEATH: Smoky and Grey
Meet the beautiful Natural Lavumiso baskets. With geometric patterns in grey and natural accents, these woven baskets are an exquisite addition to any dining room or kitchen table. With other woven tableware available, these baskets make stunning fruit bowls and bread baskets – and look fabulous matched with coasters, placemats and table runners.
These wonderful multi-coloured woven baskets are hand woven from indigenous lutindzi grass in rural Swaziland. This wiry grass grows wild in the mountainous regions, and boasts a naturally waxy finish which makes it ideal for weaving into water and stain-resistant tableware.
A skilled craftswoman working within a Swazi weaving cooperative made your basket, in partnership with social enterprise Gone Rural Bomake. This organization now works with over 770 artisans across 53 communities spread over three regions of Swaziland: each group trained to specialise in a different craft that uses the unique natural materials available in their area. Since 1970, Gone Rural have been empowering women, supporting children and creating sustainable employment. You can meet the weavers from Swaziland here.
MATERIAL: Lutindzi Grass (Indigenous to Swaziland & grows wild in the mountains)
MINI: 16CM DIA x 7cm H
SMALL: 22cm DIA x 8cm H
MIDI: 30cm DIA x 11cm H
MED: 36CM DIA x 13cm H
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
With the support of local charity, Gone Rural, the weavers behind these beautiful fair trade baskets and bowls are trained in various handcrafts using the traditional techniques and the raw materials locally available to them. Promoting local crafts in this way protects livelihoods and helps build viable income channels for future generations.
Gone Rural buys the lutindzi grasses from local harvesting communities and prepares it in their workshop using eco-friendly dyes, fuel-efficient burners and non-indigenous wood. The grass is then dried, weighed and bundled up before being distributed amongst the weaving communities along with basket designs so that the weavers can start their work with everything they need. Grass deliveries and orders arrive monthly on a rolling basis so that the weavers have a steady stream of reliable work, and three weeks after grass deliveries an informal market day is held in the mountains, where the production team returns to purchase finished baskets. Many artisans assemble here monthly to sell their wares: everything from baked goods to second-hand clothes and home-grown vegetables, as well as these woven baskets.
This organisation runs vital programmes to support the weavers, their families and their communities: many mothers credit basket weaving initiatives for paying their children’s school fees, and some communities have had boreholes drilled with the proceeds from their work after wages have been paid.
Shop the Swazi Hills Tableware collection here.