Stunning Zambian 'Dancing' Basket. Bring the serenity of organic forms and natural fibres into your home with this handwoven palm leaf (also known as Ilala palm) beauty. Woven in rural Zambia. Each one is unique, the undulant lines of these fair trade African baskets are said to reflect the good and happy times in a village or homestead.
- View our collection of Woven Baskets
- Ethically sourced, working directly with weaving cooperatives
- Handmade in rural Zambia
- Available in three sizes (dimensions below in cm and approximate)
- S: 20-29cm - M: 30-40cm - L: 41-50cm
A true work of art, bringing a gentle sense of organic texture and careful craft to whichever space they inhabit. Use your basket for organising or displaying your favourite collections around the home.
When the Kariba Dam - a manmade dam on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe – was built in the 1970s. many people were displaced in the process. The government and other parties sought to empower these displaced people by equipping them with the skills and tools to earn a living from traditional crafts such as basket weaving, blacksmithing and woodwork. The groups who create these beautiful dancing baskets are supported by such organisations, ensuring that they have the materials and the training to produce these baskets as well as ensuring that fair prices are paid and ethical working conditions are observed.
The weavers who produce these dancing baskets tend to weave in groups, meeting outdoors regularly to weave in the shade. Income made from basket weaving is typically invested in family farming enterprises (the other mainstay of these communities along with traditional crafts) and to support the family and pay children’s school fees. You can meet the Zambian weavers here.
The Basket Room is an ethical lifestyle brand, specialising in handwoven baskets and accessories made in Africa. They work directly with weaving cooperatives in rural Kenya, Zambia, Ghana & Zimbabwe to create these versatile and beautiful handwoven baskets. Their main goal is to create access to the market for these talented weavers, to provide them with a sustainable income and the recognition they deserve, whilst preserving an age-old tradition.
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