This dramatic Zulu basket is approximately 13" tall, including the lid, and 12" in diameter at its widest point. The lid is attached to the body of the basket with palm fiber. It is cream, black, brown, and taupe with a zig zag pattern, representing masculinity in Zulu culture. This beautiful fair trade basket includes a card with information on Zulu baskets, as well as the name of the weaver. If you order this Zulu basket you will receive the exact one pictured. It is a unique collector's item, so only one is available.
Zulu Ukhamba baskets, also called Zulu beer baskets or Zulu pot baskets, are among the premier handmade baskets in the world. They are handwoven from a type of wetland grass and Ilala palm leaves, and dyed with extracts from local vegetation. They are used in lieu of pottery for storing and transporting homemade beer and other liquids, and are often given as wedding presents. Zulu beer baskets are usually pot-shaped with rigid walls, a dense weave, and a tight-fitting lid. Traditionally they are sealed with a corn flour paste to render them watertight; however, ours are not lined and should not be considered watertight. All of our Zulu baskets are fair trade products woven by rural women in South Africa.
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.