The monochrome WEWE wall basket has been woven by one of a group of female weavers living on the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains in Uganda. Some of these women were left widowed after the Allied Democratic Forces war of the 90’s, and others were left homeless. In 2003 they found that the traditional handicraft of basket weaving was the best way of earning a living, and now the founding group of six women numbers over one hundred weavers.
WEWE is woven from raffia and banana leaf stem, featuring white geometric designs on a powerful black base. This wall basket looks impressive hung alone on a wall and striking in a group arrangement, and it also makes a practical fruit bowl or bread basket, soap dish or jewellery bowl. 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.
Weaving baskets empowers these women. Through the sales of these woven baskets, their children can access a better education. In bringing a wage home for the first time, women are also finding themselves in a more equal partnership at home.
Material: Raffia and Banana
Dimensions: DIA 45cm approximately
FAIR TRADE & HANDMADE IN UGANDA