This fair trade Zulu basket is approximately 12" tall, including the lid, and 11" in diameter at its widest point. It has a brown, charcoal, taupe and cream diamond pattern. 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. It is a one of a kind collector's item from South Africa.
Zulu Ukhamba baskets, also called Zulu beer baskets or Zulu pot baskets, are traditionally used in place of pottery for storing and transporting homemade beer and other liquids. Zulu Ukhamba baskets are usually bulb-shaped with hard walls, a remarkably tight weave, and a snug-fitting lid. They are woven from naturally waxy palm fibers that swell when they are wet, helping render them watertight. In South Africa they are often lined with a corn flour paste to add an inner seal; however, ours are not sealed and therefore may not be completely watertight. They do, however, make beautiful and functional containers for lentils and other dry goods. Our Zulu baskets, like all our African baskets, are fair trade products.
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.