Baskets from Rwanda: Constellation in Black & Tea

by: Azizi Life

Category: Baskets

Hand-Woven with Heart

All of our woven baskets are created from dyed natural sisal fibers woven over a core of forest grasses. Over 4,500 stitches go into one medium basket alone! The weavers begin in the middle of the baskets, carefully threading the sisal around and around to create this beautiful design. The tea color is created when the naturally-white sisal fibers are steeped in Rwandan-grown tea leaves. The large basket is flat on the bottom and makes a beautiful tray for serving or display. Imagine the medium basket on your dining room table filled with warm bread or fruit. The small basket is a beautiful way to hold jewelry or keys, or it may be filled with small treats and used as a gift basket. Each basket has a loop on the back for hanging- the trio looks gorgeous on a blank wall.

The Story Behind the Product: The Duteraninkunga Co-Op

Duteraninkunga Cooperative [Doo ‘Ter Ah Ning ‘Hunga] was formed in 2012 by women who were members of a community savings & loan group. They found that a number of the women knew how to weave, and those weavers taught other women from the group. Together, they found some places to sell their woven bowls, but struggled with inconsistent sales. After meeting the Azizi Life team, the weavers of Duteraninkunga formalized their group and became a new artisan partner of Azizi Life. They were happy to find that the fair wage payment offered by Azizi Life was significantly more than what other customers normally paid. This income has enabled the weavers to be able to afford to go to the doctor when someone in their family was ill, and to have more resources for sending their children to school. Several weavers from Duteraninkunga have become custom sampling specialists, and others excel at crafting baskets which are larger than most weavers have ever made in their whole lives!

"We hope that in the future, every member will own her own home with running water and electricity." - The Duteraninkunga Cooperative 

Product Details

Dimensions and Qualities
  • Hand-woven from natural sisal fibers threaded over a core of forest grasses
  • Each basket has a loop on the back for hanging on a wall
  • Comes with a tag, explaining who made the product
  • Large: 16" diameter
  • Medium: 12" diameter
  • Small: 7" diameter
  • Care: Wipe with a damp cloth 
Origins and Guarantee
  • Made in Rwanda
  • Created by artisans via Azizi Life
  • Ships from the U.S.
  • 100% money back guarantee, for up to 90 days

Fair Trade Product Features

Provides income for a co-op of female artisans.

Allows dignity to return in the lives of those who are unable to provide for their family.

Creates jobs in a small Rwandan village, for women from extreme poverty situations.

Part of the Jesus' Economy shopping model, benefiting developing world communities.

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