Using Raffia and banana stalk locally known as “bukeddo”to create these coiled woven baskets. Raffia which 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. Due to the length of Raffia ‘s it is an ideal material for basket weaving and can be dyed into almost any color. Please note the weaver starts from the center of the basket working her way out some of the designs featured here represent true mastery.
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. The stems from the leaves are used within the basket while the fibre from the bark of the plant is used to create the exterior design of the basket.
This Basket comes in three sizes 25-35 and 40 cm, please note this measurement is the circumference at its widest point!