Hibiscus Ikaze Placemat

SKU: TK.10034

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Every woven piece we sell has distinctive qualities; the artisanal and unique character that each basket holds, highlights its individual creation story. These delicately textured and handcrafted trivets were made by groups of women in intimate communities across Rwanda. They use the sisal agave plant and sweet grass to weave them together. With culturally and traditionally inspired designs and colors, one or more of these trivets will make a globally conscious and stylistic addition to your home.

This 15" decorative base setting can be used as a wall hanging decoration, center piece, or as a dining placemat when entertaining guests. Meaningfully and purposefully designed.


This basket pattern symbolizes welcome customs which are hugely important in East African culture.

In Rwanda and Uganda, people meeting for the first time shake right hands and place their left hand under the opposing right forearm to show respect. Some people even kiss the air next to each cheek while shaking hands.

Rwandans and Ugandans value hospitality and graciousness, as evident in their social customs. All guests are offered some token of “karibu” such as a soda, piece of fruit or vegetable to communicate the guests are “welcomed here”.

This basket pattern is a classic and traditional pattern in Rwanda; and a wonderful addition to any home, kindly welcoming all who visit.

  • Approximately 15” D x 0.25” H
  • Made of all natural fibers of sisal and sweet grass
  • Made in Rwanda
  • Fair trade
  • Organic dyes
  • Profiled weaver tag is attached to each product
  • Trivet has a hang loop on the back for wall decor
  • Safe to use with food
  • Heat resistant

Care instructions: If necessary, use damp cloth to wipe the woven material clean. Do not submerge or wash with water.

*All products are made by hand with love and vary slightly in color and size. See our Guarantee of Quality for more information.