This magnificent South African Zulu Ukhamba basket is approximately 12" tall, including the lid, and 10" wide at its largest point. It has a striking cream, brown, and charcoal diamond pattern. Like all our Zulu baskets, it 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. There is only one. This beautiful, handmade African basket is a one of a kind collector's item.
Zulu Ukhamba baskets are recognized as being among the premier handmade baskets in the world. These South African baskets are created from coiled grasses wrapped with Ilala palm leaves, and dyed with extracts from local vegetation and mud. They are used for storing and transporting homemade beer and other liquids, and are often given as wedding presents. 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.
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.