NTHAWI: Large Brown and Beige Wall Platter: 61cm dia
African woven wall baskets are a big trend in sustainable interiors, bringing natural texture, earthy tones and a pop of character to the home or office space. You support traditional Zambian craft and rural Zambian communities when you purchase a KANDAO wall hanging basket for your home.
NTHAWI is woven from palm tree leaf, creeper vines and locally foraged twigs, these earthy-coloured, woven wall platters come in three sizes and each one is a one-off. A coiled rim, herringbone patterns, and geometric designs characterize this collection, but the specific pattern has been decided by the weaver herself, taking inspiration from her natural surroundings. Create a collection for your walls or choose one to make a striking statement.
When the Kariba Dam - a manmade dam on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe – was built in the 1970’s. many local people were displaced. The government and other parties sought to empower these displaced people by encouraging them to pursue and earn a living from traditional crafts such as basket weaving, blacksmithing and woodwork.
These wall hanging baskets are known across Africa as ‘winnowing baskets’ and are still widely used in weavers’ homes for decoration, for carrying grains and foodstuffs and for general home storage. Of all the basket designs produced by these weaving groups, these woven platters are perhaps the oldest and the most traditional.
The weavers who produce these wall baskets tend to weave together in groups, meeting regularly to weave in the shade. Income made from basket weaving is used to invest in agriculture or fishing and to support the family and pay children’s school fees. You can meet the Zambian weavers here.
Material: Palm Leaf
Dimensions: DIA 61cm
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?