- You will receive the exact basket pictured above, woven by Angelina Masuku.
- This creative drum shape is exceptionally challenging to weave, and is produced by only a handful of artists.
- Ukhamba baskets are traditionally given as wedding presents, and the patterns and designs on the basket carry cultural significance about the ceremony.
- These baskets are all-natural; dyes are made from materials as diverse as flower petals and mud. Some colors are very rare due to the scarcity of certain minerals. Other colors are only available seasonally, when specific flowers bloom.
- Collecting these baskets in Zululand, South Africa is challenging, requiring the traversal of hundreds of miles of dirt roads between remote villages, collecting baskets hut to hut from dozens of individual weavers.
- The quality of weaving and size of basket combine to determine prices on these stunning creations.
The age-old tradition of basket weaving is usually passed down from grandmother to granddaughter. This helps to preserve Zulu culture as the grandmothers have the opportunity to recite oral history and stories to the younger generations as they all weave together.