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Bwindi, Rwenzori, Bukedo & Raffia Baskets

Bwindi Baskets

These beautiful baskets come from a group of women and disabled weavers. The ladies usually weave these as deep open bowls in tan, brown and black. An interesting tidbit - Uganda is the source of one of the legs of the the mighty Nile River.

Baskets are woven from plentiful local grasses and papyrus found at the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where chimpanzees and gorillas can be found living - the only place in Africa where both types of apes live in the same forest. The Bwindi rain forest is so dense and old that it actually survived intact through the last ice age and holds a World Heritage Site designation.

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Rwenzori Baskets

Groups of women, some disabled or widowed are able to fully support themselves through the weaving of these baskets (pictured left).

The Rwenzori mountains in these weavers’ area seem a bit out of place in Africa with their snow and glacier covered peaks of close to 17,000 feet.

Traditionally used in the home, baskets are woven from discarded Millet stalks, naturally dyed raffia and sometimes local grasses. The natural portions are dried millet leaves. The vibrant natural dyes used on the raffia for these tightly woven baskets come from flowers, roots, leaves and lichens grown by the weavers themselves.

Bukedo & Raffia Baskets

The talented weavers of Uganda work from their homes on a variety of useful, sturdy baskets. One type we carry are woven from dyed raffia (from a type of palm leaf) woven around a coil of banana leaf stems, called Bukedo. Brightly colored dyes and inventive, progressive patterns are a hallmark of these baskets.

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