ROPA: Handwoven Unique Basket Tray 40cm dia
Bring some ethical style to the table (or sideboard, bedside table or coffee table) with a beautiful ROPA woven tray, carefully hand woven from local palm leaf and creeping vines in the Sinazongwe region of Zambia. Concentric circles form the design of this round woven tray, which is based on the traditional Sinazeze basket, and each piece in this very small collection is slightly different. Style yours with bowls of fruit, coasters, candles or vases of flowers – or pass around at your next gathering loaded with tasty treats, cutlery and napkins.
When the Kariba Dam on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe was built in the 1970’s many of the Tonga people living around it were displaced in the process. The government and other parties set about to support these resettled people, offering training in traditional and profitable crafts such as basket weaving, blacksmithing and woodwork. These woven trays are produced through this flourishing initiative, which has expanded to produce a wide range of beautiful, traditional handicrafts - you can meet the Zambian weavers and see what else they produce here.
The organisation we buy these crafts through seeks to support the Tonga people in achieving economic empowerment. They provide the weavers with the materials and the ongoing training needed to keep producing their work to a very high standard, and they ensure that fair prices are paid for the weavers’ work. 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.
Material: PALM LEAF
Dimensions: 40cm dia, 6cm height
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?