- You will receive the exact basket pictured above.
- The sisal plant is in the Agave family and its fibers are so known for strength that it is increasingly being used as an environmentally-friendly strengthening agent to replace harmful substances in industrial production processes.
- Each fiber is harvested, dried, hand dyed, dried again, then rolled against the weaver’s leg until the perfect thread is drawn out. An average of 30-40 hours per basket makes these one of the most labor intensive of all African baskets for their size.
- As a bowl gets larger, it takes more and more time to weave because the coils on each row become much longer as the bowl flares upwards and outwards. So adding one row at the top of the basket could be equivalent to weaving 5-7 rows or more in the base of the basket. This is the reason the larger baskets are more unusual, take so much more time to create, and are only done by masterweavers.
- Dimensions are approximate, but we do strive to get the measurements accurate within 1/2 inch. Please review the size of this item carefully using a ruler or tape measure before your purchase. See our Shopping FAQs for more information.
Weaving Baskets in eSwatini (Swaziland)
Weavers take an average of 30 hours to create an 8 inch basket which makes these some of the most labor intensive of all African baskets.