The bold MIMI wall basket was hand-woven by one of an all-female, Ugandan weaving group. This collective was formed in the wake of the late 1990's Allied Democratic forces war in the Rwenzori region, which left many widows and orphans behind. The handicraft group was started by a group of six women hoping to support their families. Numbers of weavers steadily increased and now the group enables over 100 women to earn a far wage from basket weaving.
This exquisite basket is woven from raffia and banana leaf stem, featuring a floral central design and radial geometric patterns in pink, blue, ochre, black and white. And then, as you may have already spotted, the basket has three little llamas around the edge.
Stunning displayed alone on a wall and beautiful in a group arrangement, this shallow woven basket also makes an attractive and practical fruit bowl or bread basket. Gorgeous MIMI could also be used to display soaps or toiletries and would look pretty on a dressing table filled with jewellery and trinkets. 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.
Basket weaving empowers women. Through the sales of these woven baskets, these women can pay school fees and enable their children to access a better education. In bringing a wage home for the first time, women are also enjoying more equal partnerships at home.
Material: Raffia and Banana
Dimensions: DIA 40cm approximately
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