This South African Zulu basket is approximately 10" tall, including the lid, and 9" wide at its largest point. Its lid is attached to the body of the basket, and it has a striking coffee, cream, and taupe diamond pattern. Like all our Zulu baskets, it 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. This beautiful, handmade African basket is a one of a kind collector's item.
Zulu Ukhamba baskets epitomize functional art. They are created from ilala palm fronds tightly wrapped around coiled grass. The fronds are naturally waxy and swell when wet, characteristics that help render the Ukhamba watertight. When liquid is added a bit will leak though and evaporate, keeping the contents cool. These beautiful baskets are colored with dyes extracted from plants, bark, and mud; and woven in patterns rich in symbolism. They are typically pot shaped with a tight fitting lid. Ukhambas are traditionally given as wedding presents, and are sometimes called Zulu beer baskets because of their role in storing and serving homemade beer.
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.