The materials use by the woman weavers are raffia and banana stalk locally known as “bukeddo”. Raffia is a light fibre 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 it can be dyed into almost any color.
The weaving skill is traditionally passed on to children at the tender age of 9 years from mother/ grandmother. And the finished pieces were either used for fruit gathering, food preparations or given away as wedding gifts.
Banana trees are ubiquitous in East Africa and everywhere you go you will see people carrying bunches of the green peel bananas (matoke),which are a staple food. Bananas provide food while their trees provide raw materials for cooking and for craft making.
This basket is available in three sizes: 25-35 and 40 cm's (circumference at baskets widest point)