The striking MTU 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 initial group of six numbers over one hundred weavers.
MTU is woven from raffia and banana leaf stem, featuring an intricate floral design in blue, white and black. Striking hung alone on a wall and stunning displayed in a group, this shallow woven basket also makes a beautiful fruit bowl or bread basket or could be used in the bathroom to display soaps or toiletries. 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.
Through the sales of these woven baskets, these women’s 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. These baskets empower women, and in purchasing one for your home, you support this important work.
Material: Raffia and Banana
Dimensions: DIA 35cm approximately
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN UGANDA