Upendo

Upendo

Regular price $45.00 Sale

The ladies use Raffia  and banana stalk locally known as “bukeddo”to create these coiled woven baskets. 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. Raffia 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.

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.

Basket sizes available are 25 35 and 40 cm's(circumference at its widest point)