This fair trade Zulu basket is approximately 8" tall including the lid and 9" at its widest point. It has a cream, brown, and charcoal diamond pattern, and includes 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.
Zulu Ukhamba baskets, also called Zulu beer baskets or Zulu pot baskets, are known for their beauty and durability. They are woven from coiled grasses wrapped with strips of Ilala palm leaves, and dyed with extracts from local vegetation. 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 they are now 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.