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14" Extra Large Sky Blue Burst Round Basket

14" Extra Large Sky Blue Burst Round Basket

Regular price $110.00 Sale

14" Extra Large Sky Blue Burst Round Basket HANDMADE IN RWANDA You won’t be able to keep your eyes off this gorgeous statement piece. Our extra large woven basket is a true work of art. 

The 14” Rwanda basket is an exquisite centerpiece to any tabletop or as eye-catching wall decor.  A must have for every home decor enthusiast! Looking to give a great gift? These versatile baskets are a fantastic choice! Use it as a statement piece or pair with other wall paintings or baskets.  Each basket comes with a hand-stitched loop on the back so it arrives as ready to hang wall art.

This will soon become your favorite decorative piece in your home. Made of the highest quality natural fibers in an ethical, fair trade environment. 

Baskets handwoven by women across rural East Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. Each basket is carefully handwoven by a female artisan over the course of days.

Being handcrafted as with all artisan produced items, they will vary slightly in size and color. This is an inherent characteristic and it's uniqueness is desirable, not a defect.

MATERIAL: Woven Straw

ORIGIN: Rwanda, Africa from a Fair Trade Weaving Collective

DIMENSIONS: 14" DIA x 6" H

FACTS & HISTORY: Traditional fibers used in basketry reflect the local habitat. They include illala palm, sisal leaves and fiber, raffia (African bamboo), fibrous tree and plant roots such as makenge, vines, leaves (banana and fan palm), cane, bark wood and papyrus.              

Two types of vegetative fiber are normally used to make a coiled basket, one for the inner coil and one for the wrapping of the coils. For example, in Uganda and Rwanda, baskets are woven from raffia or papyrus wrapped and stitched around a coil of banana leaf stems. Grass is often used for the core of the coils.

Historically, baskets have been used for agricultural practices such as winnowing and sifting, the collecting and carrying of crops, as well as portage of produce to markets. 

Not only does it continue to play an integral part in modern community life but it has evolved to a highly expressive contemporary art form. 

African basketry is a dynamic craft, altered by social changes and shaped by both environmental and economic factors. Traditionally, shapes and weaves were determined largely by the uses for what the baskets were intended.

Nowadays, while the methods of basket making are still held in regard, the materials have significantly changed from natural fibers to include man-made creations like plastic, wire and recycled products.