Large Blue Night Round Basket, HANDMADE AFRICAN BASKET from RWANDA our favorite basket that started it all. Classic and timeless - the large sisal bowl was the first basket we started carrying.
These versatile woven baskets are the perfect size. Style the statement basket on a shelf for additional organization in your living room, add it to your coffee table for a globally inspired feel, or use it as a serving bowl for your favorite fruit. Or, use the basket as storage for keys and mail on your entryway furniture.
Also, we find the loop on the back makes this gorgeous piece of wall art ready to hang. This will soon become your favorite decorative piece in your home.
Specifications: Fair Trade Made in Rwanda Products are made from all natural fibers of sisal and sweetgrass Organic dyes are used to dye the sisal Profiled weaver tag is attached to each product Baskets have a hang loop on the back for wall décor - ready to hang. 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: 12”D x 4” H, Approximately
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 and 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.