Woven baskets Kukuumbatia.
Raffia and banana stalk are used 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 banana stalk 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, which makes it such an alluring product to work with
As a 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.