Baskets from Rwanda: Eggplant Star

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 Zamuka Co-Op

Since Zamuka’s formation in 2007, the group has grown in leaps and bounds. The women of Zamuka work in the Rugendabari community in Muhanga District, weaving bowls. They are among the best weavers in the region, and have made the significant step of taking on weaving as their profession rather than a side job. The women meet together regularly, working and exchanging advice on everything from weave quality, to child rearing, to good health practices. Their income from weaving means that they can employ their neighbors, support the local suppliers of raw materials, give business to the community market vendors, and invest in the health of their land and their families. Their children have increased access to nutrition, health, and education. Their husbands have increased their respect and appreciation of their wives. Several members of the Zamuka Cooperative have been engaged as expert trainers for other artisans who would like to add basket weaving to their crafts skills.

"When I’m weaving, I think about making my bowl perfect, finishing it on time, and how it will help me to achieve my goals. …I always weave my bowl thinking of my life and my family." - Alphonsine, mother of 11 children, 8 of whom are adopted. Zamuka 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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