A selection of expertly woven Zimbabwe basketry from women owned small businesses.
ZIMBABWE BASKET COLLECTION FOR SALE
Basketry is an ancient craft dating back to approximately 7,000 BCE. Still, to this day, basket weaving is a highly expressive art that plays an integral part in African design. The Zimbabwe baskets are made by women owned small businesses. They offers a contemporary perspective of some of the intricate styles of weaving found in Zimbabwe, including binga basket weaving, sisal weaving and ilala palm weaving.
Binga baskets are round and flat with a square bottom and were traditionally used for winnowing grain. Master artisans who work at women owned small businesses make these geometric patterned Zimbabwe baskets from natural plant fibres and non-toxic dyes.
Sisal baskets are created using a technique called coil weaving; vibrantly dyed sisal fibers are wrapped and then stitched over tiny bundles of grass. Traditionally, these Zimbabwe baskets are given as gifts and symbolize a long and happy life. Some of 54kibo’s sisal baskets are sourced from Zienzele Basket Shop, a women owned small business that also runs a foundation to provide schooling for orphaned children. These youth also practice the treasured skill of basket weaving.
The third range of Zimbabwe baskets is a collection made from ilala palm leaf that produces a smoother weave. This style of basket weaving is most common in the Lupane District. The weavers are mostly farmers who belong to a women owned small business that diversify their sustainable farming income with sales from the ilala baskets.
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