The POLE wall basket has been woven by hand by one of an all-female weaving group formed in the wake of the late 1990's Allied Democratic forces war in the Rwenzori region of Uganda. This war left many widows and orphans behind, and the group was started by a group of six women hoping to support their families through making and selling handicrafts. The group's numbers soon grew, and the collective today has over 100 women making baskets.
This particular basket is woven from raffia and banana leaf stem, featuring a black floral central design with an orange rim and surrounding patterns against an undyed base. Although these wall platters make striking wall art whether displayed alone or hung together in a group, these shallow woven baskets can also be used for fruit and bread, or for displaying jewellery, soaps or hand towels. 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 helps women earn a living, sustain their families, and - most importantly – send their children to school. This is an empowering craft which is seeing women gain more of an equal share in domestic decision making and planning.
Material: Raffia and Banana
Dimensions: DIA 30cm approximately
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN UGANDA