This magnificent South African Zulu basket is approximately 12" 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 brown, cream and charcoal zig zag 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. This beautiful, handmade African basket is a one of a kind collector's item and is a fair trade product. Because it is unique, you can only order one.
This basket is a fine example of a Zulu Ukhamba basket from the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. Ukhambas are woven from Ilala palm leaves, which swell when wet. This trait, along with the tightness of the weave, renders the basket watertight. Ukhamba baskets were traditionally used by the Zulu to hold water or homemade beer. With the proliferation of plastic jugs the baskets are no longer needed for this purpose, and the weaving skills would likely have died out if not for the export market. Now, because of the recognition throughout the world of the high level of skill and artistry among Zulu weavers, the basket industry in KwaZulu-Natal is providing much needed income to rural Zulu families while helping keep traditional skills alive.
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.