MEANING AND PURPOSE
Each basket tells a story. The stories of the Rwandan women who have intricately handcrafted these baskets from sweet grass and the leaves of the agave sisal plant. The intricate designs and flawless work of an experienced weaver is never the result of luck. Rather, Rwandan women owe their skills to the women before them who passed on the knowledge from generation to generation—mother to daughter, grandmother to child. Each piece is unique, culturally and traditionally inspired, and handwoven in intimate Rwandan communities. With differing patterns and colors, one or more of these baskets will make a globally conscious and stylistic addition to your home.
Our 12" basket can be used as a fruit bowl, center piece or even a place to display books on your coffee table. Meaningfully and purposefully designed, each basket has a woven loop that allow you to hang it up on the wall as a decorative piece.
The three-line pattern on this basket is known as the "unity" design and symbolizes the three ethnic groups that divided Rwanda in 1994, but who now work together to heal wounds from the past.
Weaving cooperatives act as support networks and places to exchange knowledge and build relationships, creating a natural fabric of unity in rural and far reaching places across Rwanda. Weavers heal through the collective effort of working toward the same purpose and goal: to create beauty with their own hands and earn an income together, with the same goals of creating a brighter future.
In the end, hearts and lives weave together in new ways that strengthen the bonds between individuals, allowing them to move forward on common ground.
- Approximately 12" D x 3.5” 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
- Basket has a hang loop on the back for wall decor
- Safe to use with food
Care instructions: If necessary, use damp cloth to wipe the basket 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.