Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted
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Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted
Tonga Basket - Assorted

Tonga Basket - Assorted

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These solid-edged baskets are the apex of the Bathonga people basket maker’s art in Zimbabwe and Southern Zambia. The baskets made from the Ilala palm leaf start as a woven square and end up almost perfectly round. The pattern on the edging is referred to as “snake’s belly”, as the pattern resembles the scales of a serpent. Palm fibres are died using tree bark to make fibres with different colours. The design is very functional, as the baskets are used to winnow grain even today. The baskets are sometimes called “grandmother baskets” because few younger women are making them.

Available in 5 sizes:

Extra Small - 35cm

Small - 40cm

Medium - 45cm

Large - 50cm

Extra Large - 70cm

Tonga Basket - Assorted
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