Each $5.00 ticket gives you a chance at winning this fantastic bundle of seven handwoven baskets from Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, eSwatini, Burundi, and Rwanda. This package includes:
Ghana Bolga Tote (top left, 12” x 9” x 9” – plus handles)
Bolga baskets are woven by the indigenous Gurune, also known as Frafra, near the town of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana. For many generations, weaving has been a traditional skill used in making these totes. With leather-wrapped handles.
Zimbabwe Masterweave Binga Bowl (top right, 14” dia x 2.5”)
Traditionally used for winnowing grain, tonga baskets are made by weaving strips of palm leaf through radials of vines. To create the patterns on the basket, some of the strips were dyed a dark brown using bark and roots.
Uganda Virunga Nkuringo Wishing Basket with Lid (left, 6” dia x 8”)
Batwa weavers in Southern Uganda use natural dyes and local plants to create these wishing baskets. They believe if you make a wish upon an object and put it in the wishing basket, it will come true!
South African Zulu Wire Tray (center right, 10.5” dia x 1.5”)
Mesmerizing flat wire tray with a small rim. Zulu weavers have taken the craftsmanship of their natural fiber baskets and turned them into art using plastic-coated wire.
eSwatini Sisal Bowl (bottom center, 6.75” dia x 1.5”)
Traditionally given as a gift to symbolize a long and happy life, this basket was handmade in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) from sisal fibers. An average of 30-40 hours per basket makes them one of the most labor intensive of all African baskets for their size.
Burundi Sisal Coil Weave Bowl (bottom right, 5.75” dia x .75”)
This earth-tone basket was created by wrapping soft, fine strands of sisal fiber around coils made from native grasses. Made by a group that teaches and promotes artisan skills to help create opportunities for weavers and their families.
Rwanda Sisal Coiled Bowl (bottom right, 7” dia x 2.5”)
Rural weavers in Rwanda, both Hutus and Tutsis, work side by side to produce these woven baskets, which are a message of reconciliation, peace, and hope for the future.
Donated by Baskets of Africa, which pays the highest prices possible to the weavers in Africa while also providing value to customers in the US for best quality handmade objects. WARP board member Cael Chappell is the founder of Baskets of Africa, whose mission is to nurture ongoing relationships and provide economic stability for these weavers and their families. Learn more at basketsofafrica.com.