This is a beautiful Hand Woven Figurative Botswana Basket from South Africa. Botswana baskets are widely regarded as some of the finest in Africa. Their high quality, outstanding workmanship and originality have gained them international recognition, and they are now exported to many countries around the world. The baskets are made of the Mokolwane Palm which are cut and boiled in natural earth-tone coloring. The lemao (in Setswana) is the main instrument used to make the baskets. This is a sharpened piece of thick wire set in a wooden handle, which is used to pierce the tight coil and insert and then wrap the palm. Many traditional basket designs are representations of animals and of nature. Many basket-makers say they do not know the origins of these designs, but some claim they were taken from the designs of Mbukushu beaded skirts and aprons. Traditionally, baskets had many practical uses. They store seeds, grains, to transport food, and display. The shape of the basket varied according to its function. This is a beautiful basket and would be a lovely addition to your collection or home.
This is basket is in good condition.
15" x 15" wide
4 1/2" tall
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