This fair trade Zulu telephone wire bowl has a vivid black, red and orange swirl pattern. It is approximately 2 3/4" deep by 7 3/4" in diameter, a good size and shape for a fruit bowl. It is constructed of plastic telephone or electrical wire, and is highly durable and functional as well as being a work of art.
The weavers of these beautiful baskets combine traditional skills with modern materials. The baskets are hand-woven from the top down, using bare copper wire and plastic coated electrical and telephone wires. Unlike most African baskets, these beautiful baskets are primarily woven by men because of the strength needed to pull the wires tight. In fact, it is thought that Zulu men working in South African factories began weaving the baskets from scrap wire in their downtime. Now, 600-800 artisans weave the baskets full time.
About the brand: African Creative was founded in 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa by a local musician seeking to link local artisans to global markets. The business is based on fair trade principles, artistic collaboration, and entrepreneurial empowerment. It specializes in high quality bead and wire art. In 2013 African Creative launched The Locked Horn Project to raise funds to combat rhinoceros poaching, and it is a supporter of SANCCOB, a South African non-profit organization that works to conserve marine life.