Ilala Palm Ukhamba


Artist: Mboli Sibiya
Zulu Tribe, South Africa
Presented by Baskets of Africa

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To create this traditional, all-natural basket, weavers use strips of naturally waxy palm fronds wrapped around coils of wild grasses. Smaller Ukhamba baskets like this one are sometimes called “beer baskets.” Ilala palm baskets are still used for liquid storage in some rural areas of South Africa. Watertight baskets are readied by rubbing wet cornmeal inside. When liquid is added, the coils swell. Some liquid leaks through the coils and evaporates, which cools the contents.

Dimensions: 12” X 12”

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