Dimensions: H:17.7" W:17.7" L:11.4" Weight: 2.9 lbs.
Buhera Baskets - These handwoven baskets are named after the Buhera district in Zimbabwe, where they are made. Weaving baskets is a skill practiced by women. These baskets, made from Ilala palm leaves, were originally used to store and serve grains. In Buhera and a few other small districts, the baskets are still used for their traditional purpose. Buhera baskets are now used as decorative items to add an organic touch to a home.
About the Tribe
The Shona ethnic group is indigenous to Southern Africa, primarily Zimbabwe, but there are significant Shona populations in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. In Zimbabwe, the Shona people make up most of the population. Stone sculpture and mbira music have made them famous around the world (mbira: an instrument made of a hollow gourd with metal reeds that the player plucks). This tribe is believed to be responsible for the construction of several ancient stone wall sites in Zimbabwe. Great Zimbabwe, an 800-hectare city that flourished between the 11th and 15th centuries AD, was built on the physical foundation of these walls. Great Zimbabwe, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site was a center for trade, and archaeologists have discovered artifacts on site from as far away as China.