Watu

Watu

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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 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 here represents skillful work and mastery of their craft

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.