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African Zulu Isichumo Basket 1

$299.99

African Zulu Isichumo Basket 1

$299.99
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041752-I-1
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  • Height (including lid): Approximately 12"
  • Diameter: Approximately 13"
  • Color and Pattern: Brown and Cream Diamond Pattern
  • Country of Origin: South Africa

This striking Zulu Isichumo basket is approximately 10" tall, including the lid, and 13" in diameter at its widest point, with a tight fitting lid. It has a simple brown and cream diamond pattern, and comes with a card containing detailed information on Zulu baskets as well as the name of the weaver. If you purchase this Zulu basket you will receive the exact one pictured. It is a one of a kind collector's item, so only one is available.

Zulu Isichumo baskets are among the premier handmade baskets in the world, but are rarely seen in the U.S. These beautiful South African baskets are woven from a type of wetland grass and Ilala palm leaves, and dyed with extracts from local vegetation. They are used in lieu of pottery for storing and transporting homemade beer and other liquids. They are usually bulb-shaped with rigid walls, a remarkably tight weave, and a snug-fitting lid. Traditionally they are lined with a corn flour paste to render them watertight; however, ours are not sealed and should not be considered watertight. Zulu Isichumo baskets differ from Zulu Ukhamba baskets in that the lid fits over the outside of the neck of the basket, whereas the Ukhamba's lid fits inside like a cork.

These exceptional African baskets are collectible works of art and help rural Zulu families earn a fair wage.

About the brand: Ilala Weavers is a family-owned business located in the Kwazulu Natal region of South Africa. Founded in the early 1970s, it is now the largest wholesaler of handwoven crafts in South Africa, specializing in traditional Zulu baskets but also carrying beadwork, handmade paper products, and other crafts. It has played an important role in preserving and promoting traditional Zulu weaving skills.

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