The ladies use Raffia and banana stalk locally known as “bukeddo”to create these coiled woven baskets. Raffia is a light fiber that is removed from a long palm-like leaf usually grown in the forests and the bukeddo is harvested from the banana plantations. Raffia‘s length makes it an ideal material for basket weaving and can be dyed into almost any color. As a weaver starts from the center of the basket working her way out some of the designs featured one can appreciate the true mastery of her work!
The weaving skill is traditionally passed on to children at the tender age of 9 years from mother/ grandmother. Finished pieces were/are either used for fruit gathering, food preparations or given away as wedding gifts.
This basket comes in three sizes: 25-35 and 40 cm's (circumference at its widest point)