VIZURI: Black and Natural Storage Baskets
These ethically produced storage baskets are hand woven in Tanzania from local milulu grass. VIZURI baskets make perfect planters for your indoor jungle and look fantastic all over the home, keeping everything from loo rolls to newspapers, magazines, toiletries and scarves tidy. The weavers themselves use these baskets in their homes in Tanzania for keeping kitchen staples like maize and beans dry.
Boasting black patterned stripes against a natural grass base, VIZURI was produced by a skilled weaver belonging to a small weaving group of 120 members in the Iringa region of Tanzania. The milulu reeds used to produce these woven storage baskets are often found in swamps and riverbeds, but also grown specifically for basket weaving. Its leaves are cut, split, dyed using natural dyes and dried before weaving begins. Small baskets take up to a week to weave, whilst larger storage baskets can take three weeks.
The impact of these beautiful baskets is exponential. The collective we partner with to produce these baskets supports a group of lead artisans who recruit and train weavers in their communities whilst training in quality control, bookkeeping, logistics and communication.
Weaving brings a constant income stream to these women: a sustainable alternative to the unpredictable farming livelihoods many relied on before weaving. Basket weaving enables these women to budget for family life in a more sustainable way: buying uniform, paying school fees, paying family medical bills and putting money way in savings for unforeseen expenses and emergencies. Some weavers also use their basket weaving earnings to purchase solar panels for charging household appliances and phones. A number of weavers invested some of their weaving income in small-scale agricultural enterprises as a secondary source of income.
Material: MILULU GRASS
S: 19-21cm D | 19-21cm H
M: 25-27cm D | 25-27cm H
L: 30-32cm D | 30-32cm H
Please note, as this is a handmade product, dimensions & colour may vary from those shown in the photographs.
FAIR TRADE AND HANDMADE IN TANZANIA
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.
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