Finally I scheduled some time for Africa friday again.
I love LOVE african baskets of any sort. They weave amazing baskets there that are very inspirational.
We have brought many back with us already. Most have been given away, but some stayed and are hanging on walls or are brightening up cupboards. Ayanna plays with them and some hold her toys.
What makes all these baskets so special is the fact that they are unique, handmade. They re-use old rice bags, packaging material, grass, plastic bags and more.
It shows the creativity of the people, the love color and shape.
(the above four pictures found in a Happinez magazine)
(above photo found at create for a cause)
My very personal favorite in our home is the Iringa basket. We bought it on the market in Kigoma, where one lady (Monica) now started a small store with handmade things. A very smart woman, as the town of Kigoma Tanzania has many expats coming in and out who like to buy some kind of souvenir.
The Iringa basket seems very durable and are almost foldable. Made out of milulu grass and natural dye. Iringa is a city about 300 miles from Dar es Salaam, home to the hehe people and near Ruaha national Park. To be honest I was very shocked to see for how much their baskets sell in shops online and in stores. They were ones featured in american vogue magazine and I guess became a "wanted item." I for sure would try and buy these fair trade if not local, so that the money will go back to the artist/community.
I could go on and on about the beauty of the baskets...