These ethically produced storage baskets are hand woven in Tanzania from local milulu grass. These baskets make perfect planters and they look fantastic all over the home, keeping everything from loo rolls to newspapers, magazines, toiletries and scarves tidy. The weavers themselves use these baskets in their homes in Tanzania for keeping kitchen staples like maize and beans dry
Boasting rust coloured patterned stripes against a natural grass base, these baskets are produced by a skilled weaver belonging to a cooperative of 580 members. The reeds used to produce these woven storage baskets are often found in swamps and riverbeds, but also grown specifically for basket weaving. Its leaves are cut, split, dyed using natural dyes and dried before weaving begins.
Weaving income enables women to better support their families: buying uniform, paying school fees and paying family medical bills. Some weavers also use earnings to make home improvements and invest in their other businesses: purchasing livestock and poultry, since most weavers are primarily farmers who need a second income when the dry seasons come.
Profits from basket sales are also reinvested for the benefit of the weavers’ communities - amenities like solar lighting and new land, kerosene lamps, warehousing and raw materials for basket making. The cooperative committee leaders also organise frequent product development training and healthcare education.
Medium baskets measure approx 30-34cm dia/ 24-28cm High