African baskets have long been a part of African culture and tradition. Rather than just being décor, these baskets play a significant role in Africa’s environmental and economic landscape and are widely used for agricultural practices like sifting and carrying crops.
You can have your own set of African baskets, adding a touch of authenticity to your home. Here are just a few examples:
- Ndebele/Matabele Tribe Matopo baskets
Ndebele tribe baskets are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Unlike most traditional baskets that are made with weaved vines and leaves, these unique pieces of art are hand-carved from Kiaat wood.
This one-of-a-kind technique results in a beautiful, textured wooden bowl with majestic patterns and colors. Inspired heavily by nature, these thick wooden baskets often depict wild animals such as elephants, rhinos, and leopards.
- Shona tribe baskets
The Shona tribe is indigenous to South Africa, found primarily in Zimbabwe. The tribe’s Buhera baskets have been passed down among generations of women, who are taught to weave with Ilala palm leaves.
Originally used to store grains, Buhera baskets have become a decorative item for many homes. They are known for their characteristic round shape and deep recesses, featuring alternating patterns of light and dark brown leaves.
- Tonga tribe baskets
There’s nothing more iconic than the Tonga Binga basket. Weaved by the women of Zambia and Zimbabwe, these intricately designed baskets are made with natural materials such as vines, palm leaves, and wild grasses.
What makes Tonga Binga baskets so unique is their coiled rims, which feature a recognizable herringbone bone pattern. They are traditionally used for winnowing grains, but they have skyrocketed in popularity as wall decorations.
Discover the beauty and craftsmanship of African baskets today and purchase a few authentic pieces from African Angel Art. We have a wide collection of inspiring, handmade baskets featuring intricate designs, representing the unique culture of different African communities.
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