This is a beautiful Woven Grass and Reed Basket by the Tonga Women in Northwestern Zimbabwe. The women make baskets from grass, reeds, and palm fronds. Used originally for winnowing grain, these baskets can be used functionally for bread or fruit, or they can be used to decorate a home. Zimbabwe a center funded by the Danish government, which exported thousands of baskets a year. This craft center was meant to keep the traditional crafts alive: basket-making, drum-making, carving, pottery, and beading. The Tonga live in an area prone to drought and poverty, and the basket making helped the women feed their families. Traditionally, the baskets were (and still are) used for carrying maize or sorghum from the fields and then winnowing the grain. Traditional designs includes stripes, a spider web type pattern and a lightning pattern. This would make a lovely item for you home or collection.
Show Age and Wear
3 1/4 Inches Tall
10 x 10 Inches
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