These intricately woven handcrafted baskets are truly works of art, and even that is an understatement. Each one is expertly woven over several days by artisans in Rwanda; created with collected local grasses, and dyed sisal fibers. Starting in the center of the basket, they will then thread the sisal around many times to create the unique designs you see. Some baskets still have a small piece of paper sewn into the weaving with the name of the weaver. While it is easily removable, if yours has one of these notes, we will keep it in place in the hope you may feel a small connection to the weaver who made your basket!
While living in Rwanda, I was drawn to these often vibrant traditional baskets, finally tracing some of the most unique designs and colors to one cooperative in particular. Over time, I became friends with Fatty, the grandson of the cooperative's founder. He generously took the time to show us their workshop, and some of the process.
These baskets are in every corner of my home, we use them to hold keys, fresh produce, jewelry, my pup's toys, to display... the uses are endless. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is inspiring, while the materials make them a warm, natural, and textural addition.
To shop: Select a style on the right, the photo of the correlating basket will be moved to the top placement.