This Zulu Ukhamba basket is honey, brown, and cream and features a simple banded pattern. It is approximately 9" tall including the lid, and 10" wide at its widest point. If you purchase this basket you will receive the exact one pictured. This African basket is a one of a kind collector's item, and includes a tag with information on Zulu baskets as well as the name of the weaver. It is a fair trade product from South Africa.
Zulu Ukhamba baskets, also called Zulu beer baskets or Zulu pot baskets, are known for their beauty and extremely tight weave. They are woven from coiled grasses wrapped with strips of Ilala palm leaves, and dyed with extracts from local vegetation and minerals. The waxiness of the palm fiber, along with its tendency to swell when wet, helps render the baskets watertight. Traditionally, the Zulu used them for storing and transporting water and homemade beer, but in modern times they are more likely to be used for decoration. These exceptional African baskets are collectible works of art and help rural Zulu women earn a living.
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.