NOKUTENDA: Set of 4 Unique Placemats
Introduce true sustainable style to the table with these beautiful round yenda placemats, hand woven from local palm leaf and creeping vines in rural Zambia. Our NOKUTENDA set is made up of 4 unique placemats each featuring concentric circles which form the design of these placemats, with sections of brown vine twigs breaking up the handwoven palm base. Each placemat is of unique design each balanced with a mixture of pattern and colour, ready to bring some rural accents to your dining room table!
When the Kariba Dam - a manmade dam on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe – was built in the 1970’s. many people were displaced. The government and other parties set about to support these displaced people by training people in traditional and profitable crafts such as basket weaving, blacksmithing and woodwork.
The groups who create these woven placemats are supported by such organisations, ensuring that they have the materials and the ongoing training to produce these placemats as well as ensuring that fair prices are paid. Basket weaving is a way of life in these communities; there is even a club at the local school dedicated to teaching youngsters this vital skill. You can meet the Zambian weavers here.
Material: PALM LEAF
Dimensions: Approx 28cm
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN ZAMBIA
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.
Where Are The Baskets Made?